After the great showing on Opening Day, the Mets managed only six hits, but thanks to nine Marlin walks and a balk also managed to score six runs, but still lose 7-6 in 10 Innings
John Maine never seemed to find his comfort zone as he labored through five innings, giving up eight hits and four runs, with two of the runs coming off solo home runs to Jorge Cantu and Hanley Ramirez. The velocity on his fastball hovered around 90 MPH, throwing a lot of breaking pitches and striking out three.
Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance for the Mets, and his velocity was as advertised, peaking at 97 MPH, but without a secondary pitch thrown, he was hit hard giving up a run on three hits. Sean Green gave up two hits, one a home run to Dan Uggla, in one inning of work striking out one. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning, walking one. K-Rod came out for the 9th and gave up two hits, but struck out two. Hisanori Takahashi came out for the tenth pitched a third of an inning, and gave up two hits, including the game winning single to Ronny Paulino. Fernando Nieve finished the inning.
Mike Jacobs continued his hacking ways, striking out two more times in five at-bats, giving him four strikeouts in nine at bats.
Not one Mets player accounted for more than one hit, however David Wright, Gary Matthews Jr. and Jason Bay walked twice each with one of Bay’s walk being intentional. Alex Cora hit a triple into the right field gap in the 2nd and scored on a Luis Castillo sacrifice fly. Wright also stole a base, and Jason Bay went gap with a hard-hit double in the 4th. Ruben Tejada made his first appearance as well, popping out to the catcher and then serving as a defensive replacement in the 10th.
The Mets bats just couldn’t seem to manage a hit when necessary, going 0-6 with RISP despite the nine walks.
The turning point in the game came in the seventh inning when the Mets had the bases loaded with two outs and David Wright at the plate. When the pitcher uncorks a wild pitch, Fernando Tatis breaks from third for home and is easily thrown out at the plate ending the rally and the inning. Tatis took the blame for it afterward.
Jason Bay, scoring two runs, walking twice and making a great grab on a tailing Hanley Ramirez flyball.
The Mets look to close out the series with a win tomorrow when Jon Niese makes his first start since tearing his hamstring and ending his season last year, and he will be opposing Nate Robertson at 7:10 PM.