Game 3: Mets give Marlins a long plane ride
After the Marlins took game one from the Mets, they figured they had the series under control against a fading Mets team. Well, they almost did.
After a game-tying Endy Chavez home run in the ninth inning, the Mets and Marlins sat deadlocked for the next two innings. However, in the twelfth inning, the Marlins took the lead against Duaner Sanchez. The Mets came into the bottom of the inning and immediately put runners on the corners with one out. Newcomer Fernando Tatis had his turn to salvage the game for the Mets, and he did. A ground ball would have ended the game, but instead, Tatis ripped one down the left field line. The tying run scored, the ball was bobbled, and Carlos Beltran ran around third and scored the winning, walk-off run standing up.
Oliver Perez started and only walked four, but gave up five runs on four hits through his six innings pitched.
The three least-likely sluggers to hit a home run did just that. Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, and Endy Chavez went deep for the Mets. Jose Reyes stole his 16th base of the season.
Mets take must-win second game from Marlins
After scoring three runs in the first inning, the Mets’ offense stood still until the fifth and seventh when they tacked on two more runs. The Marlins scored sporadically, with one run in each of the second, sixth and seventh.
Johan Santana successfully played his role as stopper, pitching seven innings and only allowing three runs. Duaner Sanchez held the eighth and lowered the bridge to Billy, as Wagner shut down the Marlins 1-2-3 in the ninth for his tenth save of the season.
David Wright and Jose Reyes each had a double for the Mets, while Fernando Tatis contributed with two hits. Carlos Delgado was left out of the lineup to ‘clear his mind’. Easley played first base, while Delgado also sat out the following day.
A famous orange jacket has been worn by different members of the Mets organization throughout the years, but on this night, it belonged to Public Relations man Jay Horowitz. Jay wore it to try and spread some much-needed good luck into the team.
Johan Santana joked "It looks good on him."
Mets continue slide, lose opener to Marlins
Jose Reyes hit two home runs in the first two innings off Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco. You would think the Mets won, but instead, Mike Pelfrey gave up six runs (four earned) in four innings.
Castillo, Wright, and Beltran each had two hits, while Endy Chavez had a single. The rest of the offense produced zero hits otherwise, causing the Mets to fall into an early 6-3 deficit. That included the fading Carlos Delgado, whose batting average dropped to .215 with an 0-3 day. The Marlins scored one more time in the eighth to make it 7-3.
Aaron Heilman seems to be back on track, pitching consecutive innings and only giving up one hit without a run.