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Daily Mets Recap: May 29th, 2008
by: Chuck Buono, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on May 29, 2008 9:34 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Game

The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night thanks to Fernando Tatis’s two run walkoff double in the bottom of the 12th inning. The 7-6 victory gave New York the series win by taking two out of three against the division leading Marlins.

Oliver Perez took the hill for the Mets and looked sharp in the top of the first inning by retiring the Marlins in order while striking out two in the process. Fellow southpaw Scott Olsen started for Florida and immediately ran into trouble. With his fastball topping out at around 85 mph, Olsen spotted the Mets a quick 2-0 lead thanks to a Jose Reyes ground rule double and a Luis Castillo two run homer. Seriously… Luis Castillo hit a two run homer. After David Wright followed with a walk, the SNY announcers openly questioned whether Olsen was injured. His fastball had no life and he didn’t look like he could get anybody out. Right on cue, Carlos Beltran flew out to center field and Damion Easley, starting at first base for the ineffective Carlos Delgado for the second straight night, banged into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. Once again, the Mets had a starting pitcher on the ropes and allowed him to get saved by the bell.

Meanwhile, Ollie Perez rolled along into the third inning. That is until the immortal Mike Rabelo blasted a solo homer to cut the New York lead to 2-1. Straying from their patented formula of going to sleep offensively after their early outburst, the Mets actually answered Florida’s run with a run of their own on a Fernando Tatis sac fly in the fourth to make the score 3-1 New York. As we all know, Ollie Perez cannot stand prosperity so he immediately gave that one run back on a Cody Ross solo homer to lead off the fifth. But, strangely enough, the Mets once again showed resiliency as Jose Reyes belted a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the frame to stretch the New York lead to 4-2. However, these are the 2008 Mets we are talking about here. In the next half inning, Ollie Perez turned that 4-2 lead into a 5-4 deficit thanks to Cody Ross’s three run homer. It was Ross’s second homer of the game, his 25th of the year, and tied him for second on the all time home run list with Hank Aaron.

Predictably, the Mets were not able to answer that punch as the score remained 5-4 Florida heading into the bottom of the ninth. (Hat tip to Aaron Heilman who pitched two very impressive perfect innings, while striking out four. Also a nod to Florida reliever and ex-Met farmhand Matt Lindstrom who looked downright dominant as he worked out of trouble in the eighth). With Florida closer Kevin Gregg on the hill, the Mets were three outs away from their latest miserable defeat. The light hitting Endy Chavez was called upon to pinch hit for right handed hitting Ramon Castro and, in a scene straight out of the good times in 2006, smacked a solo home run off the Florida closer to tie the game at five. The fans left at Shea Stadium actually had something to cheer about. But, lest we forget, once again these are the 2008 Mets we are talking about here. With two outs in the top of the twelfth, the never dangerous Alfredo Amezaga blasted the seventh home run of the game, a solo shot off of Duaner Sanchez who was in his second inning of relief. There was no way these Mets could come back for a second time in the same game…. right?

David Wright lead off the bottom of the twelfth by working out a four pitch walk against Florida’s Justin Miller who was looking for his first career save. Carlos Beltran followed by lacing a 3-2 pitch into center field to push Wright to third base. With runners on the corners and nobody out, Damion Easley came up needing only to hit a fly ball to tie the game. Yeah, that didn’t happen as Easley struck out swinging. The next batter with a chance to be the hero was the guy that was taken high in everybody’s fantasy league… in 1999. Fernando Tatis, who was overmatched by Matt Lindstrom’s 99 mph fastball in the eighth inning, didn’t waste this chance as he roped a line drive into the left field corner that scored both David Wright and Carlos Beltran from first base to give New York the dramatic 7-6 (twice) come from behind, walk off victory. Tatis was mobbed by his teammates and the fans went home with something to cheer about. Can Wednesday’s dramatic victory be the springboard this team has so desperately been looking for all year? Enquiring minds will want to tune in as the Mets take on the Dodgers to open a four game series on Thursday.

 

The Haiku

First, Heilman returns
Endy’s tater, Tatis ends
A night of comebacks

 

The Boxscore

Florida AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ramirez, SS 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 .291
Jones, J, LF 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 .151
Cantu, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 2 0 .268
Helms, 1B 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 .235
Uggla, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 3 1 .307
Ross, RF 5 2 2 4 0 2 0 .202
Rabelo, C 4 1 1 1 1 1 0 .222
Amezaga, CF 5 1 1 1 0 1 1 .254
Olsen, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .048
  Waechter, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Hermida, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .266
  Pinto, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Lindstrom, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Gregg, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Gonzalez, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .285
  Kensing, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Jacobs, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257
  Miller, Ju, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 41 6 5 6 4 16 5  

a-Struck out for Waechter in the 7th. b-Struck out for Gregg in the 10th. c-Grounded out for Kensing in the 12th.

BATTING
HR: Rabelo (2, 3rd inning off Perez, 0 on, 0 out), Ross 2 (9, 5th inning off Perez, 0 on, 0 out; 6th inning off Perez, 2 on, 1 out), Amezaga (1, 12th inning off Sanchez, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Uggla; Ross 8; Rabelo 4; Amezaga 4.
RBI: Rabelo (8), Ross 4 (18), Amezaga (7).
2-out RBI: Amezaga.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, J.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Cantu (11, throw).
DP: 2 (Cantu-Uggla-Helms, Ramirez-Uggla-Helms).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 5 2 2 1 1 2 1 .279
Castillo, 2B 5 1 2 2 1 0 2 .258
Wright, 3B 4 1 1 0 2 0 3 .280
Beltran, CF 6 2 2 0 0 0 3 .259
Easley, 1B 6 0 2 0 0 1 4 .225
Tatis, RF 5 0 1 3 0 2 2 .368
Castro, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .333
  b-Chavez, PH-LF 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 .225
Evans, LF 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .176
  Schneider, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .257
Perez, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .214
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Casanova, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Delgado, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .215
  1-Maine, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .105
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Sanchez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 43 7 12 7 6 8 22  

a-Popped out for Schoeneweis in the 7th. b-Homered for Castro in the 9th. c-Walked for Heilman in the 9th.
1-Ran for Delgado in the 9th.


BATTING
2B: Reyes (12, Olsen), Beltran (15, Olsen), Easley (3, Waechter), Tatis (1, Miller, Ju).
HR: Castillo (2, 1st inning off Olsen, 1 on, 0 out), Reyes (7, 5th inning off Olsen, 0 on, 0 out), Chavez (1, 9th inning off Gregg, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Reyes 6; Castillo 5; Wright; Beltran 3; Easley 3; Tatis 2; Chavez 5.
RBI: Castillo 2 (15), Tatis 3 (6), Reyes (24), Chavez (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez; Evans; Tatis; Wright; Castillo.
S: Sanchez.
SF: Tatis.
GIDP: Easley; Beltran.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes (16, 3rd base off Olsen/Rabelo).

 
Florida IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Olsen 5.0 6 4 4 2 3 2 3.65
Waechter (H, 5) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Pinto (H, 9) 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Lindstrom (H, 5) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.75
Gregg (BS, 2) 1.0 1 1 1 2 0 1 2.39
Kensing 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.51
Miller, Ju (BS, 1)(L, 1-2) 0.1 2 2 2 1 1 0 4.78
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Perez 6.0 4 5 5 4 7 3 4.83
Schoeneweis 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Heilman 2.0 0 0 0 0 4 0 5.40
Wagner 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.41
Sanchez (W, 1-0) 2.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4.34

WP: Olsen.
IBB: Evans (by Olsen), Reyes (by Kensing).
Pitches-strikes: Olsen 89-55, Waechter 8-7, Pinto 14-8, Lindstrom 8-6, Gregg 26-16, Kensing 28-19, Miller, Ju 18-9, Perez 100-59, Schoeneweis 12-10, Heilman 27-18, Wagner 11-8, Sanchez 24-14.
Ground outs-fly outs: Olsen 7-5, Waechter 1-1, Pinto 1-2, Lindstrom 1-0, Gregg 1-2, Kensing 1-4, Miller, Ju 0-0, Perez 2-9, Schoeneweis 2-0, Heilman 1-1, Wagner 0-1, Sanchez 1-3.
Batters faced: Olsen 22, Waechter 4, Pinto 5, Lindstrom 2, Gregg 6, Kensing 8, Miller, Ju 4, Perez 26, Schoeneweis 3, Heilman 6, Wagner 3, Sanchez 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Lindstrom 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake. 1B: CB Bucknor. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Ed Rapuano.
Weather: 65 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 3:39.
Att: 47,769.

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

The Win Probability Added Graph


The Credits

Recap by Chuck Buono
Haiku by Howard Megdal


6 Responses to “Daily Mets Recap: May 29th, 2008”

  1. Comment posted by rye jones on May 29, 2008 at 12:09 pm (#709466)

    I cannot talk about this game without making analogy to gratifying sexual acts.

  2. Comment posted by MetsFanInBoise on May 29, 2008 at 1:13 pm (#709485)

    It was Ross’s second homer of the game, his 25th of the year, and tied him for second on the all time home run list with Hank Aaron.

    Outstanding. I laughed out loud. This is what brings me here everyday. Let’s Go Mets!

  3. Comment posted by Chuck B. on May 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm (#709526)

    I cannot talk about this game without making analogy to gratifying sexual acts.

    I hear ya. I typed this recap without pants on. And thanks for the compliment Boise… the sarcasm always goes over a little better after a victory.

  4. Comment posted by elliot on May 29, 2008 at 4:07 pm (#709629)

    First time this season that the WPA graph looks like a mountain range.

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  6. Comment posted by John Peterson on May 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm (#709695)

    I wouldn’t want to fall off this cliff. And that was their 10th in a row. Imagine if that were the Mets.

  7. Comment posted by clee on May 29, 2008 at 9:37 pm (#709957)

    I totally enjoyed the visual of Chuck writing without pants on. Made me write in for the first time :-S

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