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Daily Mets Recap: August 11th, 2007
by: David Simons, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Aug 11, 2007 11:23 AM | Filed under: Articles

The Game

“The two most important things in life: Good friends and a strong bullpen” – Bob Gibson

The Mets spit the bit, screwed the pooch, dropped the ball and even lost a game last night, getting beaten by the Marlins by the score of 4-3. Not a good strategy; they should have spit the ball, screwed the loss, dropped the Marlins and left the pooch out of it. That would have been a game plan.

Instead, New York offered a tiresome morality play in three acts: “Opportunities Lost,” beginning with Act I: In Which Runners Are Stranded. Florida banged out approximately 18 singles in the first two innings against Brian Lawrence – nothing to write home about, given Lawrence’s “stuff.” But the Fish only came away with two runs. The key play came in the second inning with men on first and second, nobody out and the pitcher coming up to bunt. The pitcher – let’s call him Daniel Barone – bunts through one and the ball gets away. For some reason the runner on second – “Miguel Olivo” – takes off for third and is nailed. Did he think it was bunted foul? Does he not know you can just chill out on a foul ball? Naturally, two of the next three hitters reached base before Miguel Cabrera grounded out to strand three. That brings us to…

Act II: In Which the Chickens Come Home to Roost. Barone held the Mets off the board through four innings – they hadn’t seen him before, he got a few generous calls, and he kept the ball off the meat of the plate. (Memo to Brian Lawrence – give this idea some thought.) In the fifth, the Mets did a passable impression of a first-place team. Jose Reyes forced an error from the second baseman to lead it off; Luis Castillo followed with a bunt single. Carlos Beltran, fresh off the DL, crushed a no-doubt bomb to right. New York up 3-2. Beltran penciled into the “Hero” box with his game-winning RBI. But then there’s…

Act III: In Which, Ironically, the Home Team Squanders a Perfect Scoring Chance, Much as the Visitors Did Earlier, Prefiguring a Similar Reversal of Fortune. In other words, New York went quietly in the sixth and seventh before blowing a chance at an insurance run in the eighth. With one out, Matt Lindstrom beaned Shawn Green, probably because he has Green on his fantasy team. Paul Lo Duca followed with his second hit of the night – great to see PLD get up for the big games like this. If he could play all his games against the Pirates and Nats he’d be up for the triple crown. But with runners at the corners and only one out, pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay struck out on three pitches. You knew then and there that Green wasn’t coming home and that it was going to hurt. You could’ve scripted the…

Epilogue. Billy Wagner, apparently determined to make Gotay feel even worse, blew his first save in two months. A clean single to Olivo, a bad-idea walk to light-hitting Jason Wood, and then an 0-2 pitch that Hanley Ramirez sent 400 feet to dead center. Beltran took a Lastings Milledge route to the ball, which bounced off the wall for a two-run game-losing double. Beltran also offered a lame AB in the bottom of the ninth, striking out on three pitches. He’s working to keep expectations modest, promoting his own morality play: “I’m Just One of 25 Guys Over Here.”

 

The Haiku

El esta aqui!
Beltran homers in return
But Billy blows it

 

The Boxscore

Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ramirez, SS 4 1 2 2 1 0 0 .342
De Aza, CF 5 0 2 0 0 2 2 .319
Cabrera, 3B 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 .333
Willingham, LF 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .269
  Gregg, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Uggla, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .249
Jacobs, 1B 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 .247
  Amezaga, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269
Olivo, C 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 .240
Hermida, RF 3 0 2 1 0 1 0 .266
  b-Ross, PH-RF 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .291
Barone, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000
  Wolf, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Linden, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .238
  Gardner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Lindstrom, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Wood, PH-1B 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .281
Totals 35 4 10 4 5 9 18  

a-Popped out for Wolf in the 6th. b-Struck out for Hermida in the 9th. c-Walked for Lindstrom in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ramirez (34, Wagner).
TB: Ramirez 3; De Aza 2; Willingham; Jacobs; Olivo 2; Hermida 2.
RBI: Willingham (69), Hermida (36), Ramirez 2 (58).
2-out RBI: Willingham.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera 2; Linden; Willingham.
GIDP: Cabrera.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ramirez 3 (36, 2nd base off Lawrence/Lo Duca, 3rd base off Wagner/Lo Duca, 3rd base off Lawrence/Lo Duca).

FIELDING
E: Uggla (8, throw).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 5 1 0 0 0 1 2 .305
Castillo, 2B 4 1 1 0 1 0 0 .307
Beltran, CF 4 1 1 3 1 3 1 .263
Wright, 3B 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 .302
Delgado, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .249
Alou, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .301
Green, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .275
Lo Duca, C 3 0 2 0 1 1 0 .270
Lawrence, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .000
  a-Newhan, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206
  Sosa, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .208
  b-Gotay, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .346
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 35 3 7 3 4 8 13  

a-Flied out for Lawrence in the 6th. b-Struck out for Sosa in the 8th.

BATTING
HR: Beltran (20, 5th inning off Barone, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Castillo; Beltran 4; Wright; Alou; Green; Lo Duca 2.
RBI: Beltran 3 (65).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delgado; Lawrence; Reyes.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (Reyes-Castillo-Delgado).

 
Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Barone 4.2 5 3 2 4 4 1 3.86
Wolf 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Gardner 2.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.40
Lindstrom (W, 2-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.88
Gregg (S, 25) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.09
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lawrence 6.0 8 2 2 3 6 0 4.09
Sosa (H, 2) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.22
Wagner (BS, 2)(L, 1-1) 1.0 2 2 2 2 2 0 1.61

WP: Lawrence.
IBB: Cabrera (by Wagner).
HBP: Green (by Lindstrom).
Pitches-strikes: Barone 104-56, Wolf 4-2, Gardner 25-19, Lindstrom 10-8, Gregg 9-7, Lawrence 101-62, Sosa 22-16, Wagner 31-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Barone 4-6, Wolf 0-1, Gardner 2-2, Lindstrom 2-0, Gregg 1-1, Lawrence 4-7, Sosa 2-3, Wagner 0-1.
Batters faced: Barone 24, Wolf 1, Gardner 7, Lindstrom 5, Gregg 3, Lawrence 27, Sosa 6, Wagner 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Wolf 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Rick Reed. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Chuck Meriwether.
Weather: 61 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, In from LF.
T: 3:02.
Att: 48,516.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

 

The Credits

Recap by David Simons
Haiku by Howard Megdal


One Response to “Daily Mets Recap: August 11th, 2007”

  1. Comment posted by sheadenizen on August 11, 2007 at 11:32 am (#456176)

    If the game wasn’t so pathetic, the recap would actually be quite funny. But, I find it hard to keep my sense of humor about this team. Thanks for trying to make it more palatable. Nicely done guys!

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