Mets drop game three of the series to the Marlins 7-5. Mets drop to one game below .500, lose their fourth straight game, and lost their first five road series series this season.
John Maine did not continue his stream of quality starts as the first twelve pitches he threw in the game were all balls and walked the bases loaded with no outs. He would later give up three runs in just the first inning and again another three runs in the fifth inning. Maine ended up going five innings giving up six runs on seven hits, walking five and striking out five and threw a wild pitch. You got to give him credit for fighting his hardest but he just can not find his groove and may be the next to loose his spot in the rotation.
Jenrry Mejia came into the sixth to relieve Maine and immediately struck out the first two batters to face him. Mejia had a great streak of getting out of tough jams unscathed before tonight. However, that streak ended, giving up three straight, two out hits and a run to the Marlins. Manny Acosta pitched his second night of the series in the seventh. Acosta had an inning pitched, giving up a double but struck out two batters to keep the runner stranded. Feliciano would finish out the pitching with one K and one hit in an inning of work.
David Wright started the bats early with a solo home run bomb into center field. His eighth of the year. Mets would rally back in the second inning to tie the game at three, scoring two runs, with RBIs in from Wright and Bay. Wright went 2-3 in the day, with a homerun, two RBIs, a run and a strike out. That now makes forty-nine strike outs on the season for David Wright, leading the league. While Bay went 2-4 with a double, a stolen base, and an RBI. Yet still waiting for that second home run.
Chris Carter, The Animal, had a pinch-hit single and later scored from first on a double by Castillo. He will likely replace Francoeur in right field for tomorrow’s game. Speaking of Jeff, he’s 0-for his last-17, including 0-4 and two strike outs and an error tonight. How much longer till he loses his starting role?
Angel Pagan, starting in the third-hole for the second time in his career, ended the day 1-4 with a run and a walk. I’m liking what I’m seeing more and more each day from Angel Pagan. He hustles his butt off and he can hit. While Reyes, back in his lead off spot, goes 2-5, with a double and two runs. Castillo also went 2-5 with a triple and 2 RBIs on the night.
Mets could have had a chance to rally back in the ninth, however, Barajas being thrown out trying for a double ended that possibility.
Mets 1-5 hitters who combine for 9 hits and all the Mets five runs.
Jon Niese (1-1) will face up against Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco (3-2) in the final game of the four game series. First pitch at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.