The 4-0 Marlins beat the Mets 5-4 with a walk off hit in the ninth inning by Jorge Cantu off reliever Darren O’Day.
You’re not going to win many games when you leave 14 runners on base, and that’s exactly what the Mets did.
Maine started and other than letting up two solo homers to Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla, he had a good outing allowing just those two hits and a walk in five innings pitched, while striking out five. He retired the last seven batters in a row.
Sean Green and Bobby Parnell followed Maine and both struggled to get out of the inning. They each gave up a run on three hits. Putz then pitched a scoreless eight inning.
In the ninth inning with Feliciano on the mound, the Marlins’ newest weapon Emilio Bonifacio was called safe on a close play at first. O’Day relieved and walked Hanley Ramirez who had three hits in the game, setting up the final matchup against Cantu who won the game and sent the Mets into the clubhouse while a celebration ensued at home plate.
Dan Murphy, Ryan Church and Carlos Beltran each had three hits, including a solo homer for Beltran.
The Marlins continue to give the Mets fits even on a day where they got good starting pitching.
The Mets were 0-10 with runners in scoring position tonight until Jeremy Reed tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth.
During the broadcast, Gary Cohen reminded us that the Mets payroll in $100 million dollars more than the Marlins who at $38 MM have the lowest in the majors.
It was interesting to see Manuel use both catchers in the game with no emergency catcher in the dugout. He used every player on his bench tonight.
When Gary Sheffield pinch hit for Maine, he was intentionally walked to bring up Jose Reyes… it worked out for the Marlins as Reyes weakly popped one up.
We’ll, there’s nothing left to do except go back out and try to beat the Marlins tomorrow afternoon when Livan Hernandez makes his debut for the Mets. The fish are off to their best start in franchise history.
Somebody stop the Marlins!