The Mets came close to pulling a rabbit out of their hat tonight after falling behind 6-0 to the Diamondbacks after two innings. They came up a run short, but came so close to tying and winning the game if not for another baserunning blunder by Angel Pagan.
Nelson Figueroa was called up to make the start after compiling a string of solid starts for Buffalo. I was one of those who was hoping to see the Mets give him another shot in the rotation, but alas it wasn’t meant to be.
Figgy was lambasted by the D’Backs who teed off on him like he was pitching batting practice. It was so brutal that Jerry Manuel had to pull him out of the game before he could complete the second inning.
He wound up lasting just 1.2 innings and allowed six earned runs on ten hits, three of which were homers. Yuck!
If there was one bright spot in this game, it was definitely the amazing job by the bullpen. Under the worst of circumstances, they came out and combined to pitch 7.1 scoreless innings. Tim Redding led the way with 3.1 solid innings, followed by two strong innings from Bobby Parnell. Feliciano and Stokes finished up.
The Mets got on the board in the third inning thanks to a lead-off double by Omir Santos followed by Angel Pagan’s sixth triple of the season.
In the fifth inning, the Mets had a chance to blow the game open when Luis Castillo singled with the bases loaded to plate two, followed by a single from David Wright who drove in another run. The Mets would only score three runs as Gary Sheffield grounded into an inning ending double play.
After the inning, Castillo and Cora both confronted Angel Pagan for stopping at second base instead of easily taking third base. Had he gone to third, Castillo would have ended up on second base with a double, and both would have easily scored on the David Wright single to tie the game. It was the second base running blunder by Pagan in this series.
Daniel Murphy led off the sixth with his seventh home run against Dan Haren to bring the Mets within one run at 6-5, but that would be all the offense the Mets would muster for the rest of the game.
It was nice to see the Mets fight back like they did despite being in a six run hole after two innings. Give them credit for turning a laugher into a pretty good game.
The loss does set the Mets back further in the wild card standings as they fall to eight games behind and seven teams still remain ahead of them.
Tomorrow, the Mets begin a four game series against the Cardinals. Johan Santana goes up against Joel Pineiro.