sitemeter:

August 27, 2008
  
Daily Mets Recap: August 27th, 2008
by: Chuck Buono, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Aug 27, 2008 10:55 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Game

The Mets apparently donned their 2007 throwback jerseys on Tuesday night in Philadelphia and coughed up a seven run lead in the process, falling to the now first place Phillies 8-7 in 13 innings.

For fans of the New York Mets, their year long episode of Groundhog’s Day continued. They watched their team get out to an early lead off Jamie Moyer, scoring in the first inning yet again thanks to RBI singles from Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis. Easley stretched the lead to 3-0 in the second by blasting his sixth homer of the year. Their string of prosperity continued in the third when Tatis smacked his 11th homer of the season, a three run shot, followed by David Wright’s RBI groundout in the fourth. So, here we sat. A seven run lead in the fourth inning with Pedro Martinez’s pitch count rising and the scary combination of the New York bullpen and a tiny park looming. Here’s the craziest part: As a Mets fan, at NO point did I feel like this game was over… and that shouldn’t be the case when your team is up by a touchdown.

Sure enough, the Phils started chipping away at the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a Pedro Feliz sac fly. The fifth inning brought a pair of two run homers from Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard and, all of a sudden, the seven run lead was now a two run lead and it was only the bottom of the fifth.

Brian Stokes came on in relief of Pedro and pitched two scoreless frames. Of course, the ineffective combination of Duaner Sanchez and Pedro Feliciano pitched two thirds of the eighth and gave up a run on a Jimmy Rollins single. Joe Smith came on to bail them out by retiring Pat Burrell on a deep fly ball. The Met offense shockingly failed to do anything in the top of the ninth off closer Brad Lidge, so Jerry Manuel turned to Luis Ayala to slam the door on the Phils. After retiring Ryan Howard and pain in the ass Shane Victorino to start the inning, Jayson Werth hit a broken bat single to center. Eric Bruntlett followed with a shot to the gap in right center. Ryan Church got to the ball in a hurry and hit cutoff man Damion Easley with a strike. As Werth rounded third, a good throw by Easley would have had Werth dead to rights to end the game. Instead, Easley bounced the throw passed Brian Schneider and the game was tied.

As we headed to extras, did anybody on this planet actually think the Mets had a prayer to win this game? I didn’t think so. Aaron Heilman actually pitched three scoreless frames to give New York a shot, but all hope came crashing down in the thirteenth when Victorino lead off with a triple against reliever Scott Schoeneweis. After intentionally walking the bases loaded and retiring pinch hitter Brett Myers on a strikeout, the immortal Chris Coste came through with a walkoff single over the head of the drawn in Met outfield. The 8-7 loss was as demoralizing as any loss this team has suffered over the last 13 months. ONCE AGAIN, the New York offense completely went to sleep after the first four innings… managing just four, that’s right, four hits and zero runs over the last nine frames. In blowing a 7-0 lead for just the fourth time in the 47 year history of the franchise, the Mets also handed first place back to their rivals. The quick series wraps up on Wednesday night in Philly as Met ace Johan Santana will take the ball hoping to put Tuesday night’s debacle out of Met Nation’s minds. Kyle Kendrick will counter for the Phils.

 

The Haiku

Unwelcome refrain
Mets blow a seven-run lead
Is Johan stopper?

 

The Boxscore

NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, J, SS 6 1 2 0 1 0 1 .304
Easley, 2B 5 3 4 2 1 0 0 .270
Wright, 3B 6 0 2 1 0 1 4 .294
Beltran, CF 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 .270
Delgado, 1B 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 .259
Tatis, LF 5 1 2 4 1 1 0 .300
Church, RF 6 0 0 0 0 1 4 .305
Castro, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 .242
  1-Schneider, PR-C 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .255
Martinez, P, P 3 0 1 0 0 2 1 .156
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
  a-Evans, PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264
  b-Murphy, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333
  Sanchez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ayala, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Reyes, A, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Chavez, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 50 7 14 7 3 8 19  

a-Batted for Stokes in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Evans in the 8th. c-Grounded into a double play for Ayala in the 10th. d-Grounded out for Heilman in the 13th.
1-Ran for Castro in the 5th.

BATTING
3B: Reyes, J (16, Moyer), Easley (1, Condrey).
HR: Easley (6, 2nd inning off Moyer, 0 on, 2 out), Tatis (11, 3rd inning off Moyer, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Reyes, J 4; Easley 9; Wright 2; Beltran; Delgado; Tatis 5; Schneider; Martinez, P.
RBI: Easley 2 (39), Tatis 4 (43), Wright (100).
2-out RBI: Easley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castro 2.
GIDP: Delgado; Wright; Reyes, A.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes, J 2 (43, 2nd base off Durbin, C/Ruiz, 3rd base off Eyre/Ruiz), Beltran (18, 3rd base off Moyer/Ruiz).

 
Philadelphia AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Rollins, SS 7 1 5 3 0 0 4 .268
Utley, 2B 4 1 1 0 2 2 3 .289
Burrell, LF 7 0 0 0 0 4 10 .261
Howard, 1B 6 1 1 2 1 2 4 .227
Victorino, CF 7 2 1 0 0 2 3 .289
Werth, RF 5 1 3 0 2 2 0 .271
Feliz, 3B 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 .258
  Eyre, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Durbin, C, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125
  b-Tracy, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Lidge, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Bruntlett, PH-3B 2 0 2 1 1 0 0 .222
Ruiz, C-3B 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .221
  Madson, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  e-Hamels, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .266
  Romero, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  f-Myers, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .044
Moyer, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
  a-Taguchi, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .202
  Condrey, P 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333
  Dobbs, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .302
  c-Coste, PH-C 4 0 4 1 0 0 0 .284
Totals 55 8 19 8 6 16 32  

a-Struck out for Moyer in the 3rd. b-Flied out for Durbin, C in the 8th. c-Singled for Dobbs in the 8th. d-Doubled for Lidge in the 9th. e-Struck out for Madson in the 11th. f-Struck out for Seanez in the 13th.

BATTING
2B: Rollins (29, Martinez, P), Condrey (1, Martinez, P), Bruntlett (8, Ayala), Coste (16, Heilman).
3B: Victorino (7, Schoeneweis).
HR: Rollins (9, 5th inning off Martinez, P, 1 on, 0 out), Howard (35, 5th inning off Martinez, P, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Rollins 9; Utley; Howard 4; Victorino 3; Werth 3; Bruntlett 3; Ruiz; Condrey 2; Coste 5.
RBI: Feliz (51), Rollins 3 (47), Howard 2 (110), Bruntlett (14), Coste (34).
2-out RBI: Bruntlett.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Victorino 2; Burrell 4; Feliz; Ruiz; Howard; Rollins 2.
SF: Feliz.
Team LOB: 18.

BASERUNNING
SB: Werth (13, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Schneider), Victorino (29, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Castro), Rollins 3 (34, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Castro, 2nd base off Smith/Schneider, 3rd base off Martinez, P/Castro), Utley (11, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Castro).

FIELDING
E: Howard (15, missed catch).
Outfield assists: Werth (Wright at 2nd base).
DP: 3 (Rollins-Utley-Howard, Dobbs-Utley-Howard, Rollins-Howard).

 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Martinez, P 5.0 7 5 5 2 8 2 5.22
Stokes (H, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
Sanchez (H, 21) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.21
Feliciano (H, 17) 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.99
Smith (H, 14) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.03
Ayala (BS, 5) 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 0 5.46
Heilman 3.0 3 0 0 2 4 0 5.15
Schoeneweis (L, 2-3) 0.1 2 1 1 2 1 0 3.10
 
Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Moyer 3.0 9 6 6 0 3 2 3.81
Condrey 2.1 3 1 1 0 1 0 3.49
Eyre 1.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.76
Durbin, C 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1.95
Lidge 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.99
Madson 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3.16
Romero 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.29
Seanez (W, 5-3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.38

IBB: Utley (by Heilman), Werth (by Schoeneweis), Bruntlett (by Schoeneweis).
HBP: Utley (by Martinez, P), Delgado (by Moyer), Beltran (by Eyre).
Pitches-strikes: Martinez, P 110-69, Stokes 24-16, Sanchez 6-3, Feliciano 10-6, Smith 4-3, Ayala 13-10, Heilman 60-31, Schoeneweis 18-6, Moyer 72-48, Condrey 46-30, Eyre 23-14, Durbin, C 19-7, Lidge 14-10, Madson 27-16, Romero 22-12, Seanez 13-11.
Groundouts-flyouts: Martinez, P 4-3, Stokes 1-3, Sanchez 0-1, Feliciano 0-0, Smith 0-1, Ayala 2-1, Heilman 1-4, Schoeneweis 0-0, Moyer 3-3, Condrey 3-3, Eyre 3-1, Durbin, C 3-0, Lidge 1-0, Madson 5-0, Romero 2-0, Seanez 1-2.
Batters faced: Martinez, P 25, Stokes 8, Sanchez 2, Feliciano 3, Smith 1, Ayala 5, Heilman 14, Schoeneweis 5, Moyer 19, Condrey 11, Eyre 5, Durbin, C 4, Lidge 3, Madson 6, Romero 4, Seanez 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Feliciano 1-1, Smith 2-0, Eyre 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 78 degrees, clear.
Wind: 7 mph, Out to CF.
T: 5:17.
Att: 45,204.
August 26, 2008

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


5 Responses to “Daily Mets Recap: August 27th, 2008”

  1. Comment posted by redstripe n chronic on August 27, 2008 at 1:23 pm (#819910)

    As Werth rounded third, a good throw by Easley would have had Werth dead to rights to end the game. Instead, Easley bounced the throw passed Brian Schneider and the game was tied.

    Should read: Easley made a strong throw home, but Brian Schneider once again displayed his inability to stop any ball that touches the dirt. Letting the ball sail past him, Schneider had Mets fans pining for the days when defensive minded catchers like Mike Piazza could block the plate and stop balls in the dirt.

  2. Gravatar
  3. Comment posted by Simons on August 27, 2008 at 5:25 pm (#820138)

    I don’t like to quibble with the recapper but I would also put the blame on Schneider, if for no other reason that it’s easier to hate on him. I think the Mets could become a better team for free just by getting some coaches to work on catchers, you know, catching the ball, and on pitchers learning to bunt and even hit some.

    WPA graph matches the EKG I had done while I was watching the game.

    Nice work as always Chuck and Howard.

  4. Gravatar
  5. Comment posted by Dep on August 27, 2008 at 5:33 pm (#820142)

    it was an ass throw by easley, but snider HAS TO catch that ball

    has to.

  6. Comment posted by metsftw on August 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm (#820159)

    maybe if he took his mask off he’d be able to see the ball. crazy, i know.

  7. Comment posted by Chuck B. on August 28, 2008 at 9:47 am (#821531)

    Totally agree… Schneider could have had that ball. Also, not sure if you heard it, but kudos to Steve Somers for basically telling Brian Schneider that he should have caught that ball.

rss/syndication: