The roof opened up on the new Marlins Stadium just in time for our lovable Mets to see it’s lights, fish tanks, and once again those ugly Marlins jerseys.
On this historical night – the Mets’ eight-thousandth regular season game – the Amazins were still looking to get that glaring no no-hitter monkey off their back.
Johan Santana continues to be the Santana of old. The Mets ace was dominant going six innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He didn’t allow a walk and struck out seven Marlins. He tossed just eighty-six pitches and could have gone longer, but once again Collins gave him the hook and didn’t figure into the decision. That seems to be a constant theme with our starting pitchers this season.
Ramon Ramirez relieved and tossed a no hit inning with one walk and two strikeouts.
Bobby Parnell came in to try to keep hold the lead in the eighth, but an error by Ike Davis with Jose Reyes hitting proved costly as Reyes scores. Tim Byrdak came in to finish the eighth and for the fifth straight game gets his man as he K’s LoMo.
Unfortunately, Frank Francisco was called on to seal the deal in the ninth and instead gave up two runs and blew the save and took the loss.
The Mets were blanked by Beuhrle until the fifth and seventh inning where they were able to scratch a run in each of those innings.
Entering the eighth inning, the Mets teed off on the Marlins bullpen with three timely doubles from Wright, Nieuwenhuis and the big blow – a two run double from Mike Baxter that gave the Mets the lead at the time.
Lucas Duda had a couple of hits and Andres Torres picked up two walks.
Wright finished with three hits, and Ike Davis continues to turn things around with another homer plus a walk.
Mets played their 8,000th game and yes, still no no-hitter.
FYI – Garrett Olsen pitched 6.2 innings for the Bisons and gave up one run on four hits and a walk. He also struck out ten batters.
My new favorite museum, The Bobblehead Museum in Miami, Florida, just opened up before the game today. I am planning a trip down south as we speak.
Goat of the Game
Ike had a costly error and Francisco blew the lead.
A pair of 4 game winners, Dickey and Nolasco, face off on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM.