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Daily Mets Recap: September 26th, 2008
by: Milo Taibi, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Sep 26, 2008 10:58 AM | Filed under: Game Recaps

The Game

In a nice turn of events, the Mets pulled out a come from behind win last night. Despite a shaky outing from Pedro Martinez, the Mets bats woke up late in the game, and managed to obtain a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth.

Pedro Martinez got the start for the Mets, and had just about as effective an outing as he’ll have at this point in his career. He went six innings, allowing seven hits and five earned runs. For every positive taken from one of Pedro’s starts, twice as many negatives can be pointed out. Pedro was facing what amounts to a Triple A Lineup. He also continued his first inning struggles (two runs allowed in the first, including Micah Hoffpauir’s first major league home run. He also walked four. I know it may be his last outing as a Met and all, but if the Mets make the postseason they’ll have a tough decision to make when it comes to Pedro. I know that I wouldn’t be comfortable seeing Martinez take the mound in a crucial playoffs moment.

The Mets caught a break last night, facing a not so sharp Rich Harden. Harden, who’s typically filthy and in the strike zone, walked five in his six inning effort. He did just allow two hits (One of which was a timely two run double by Ryan Church), and wound up with the no-decision on the evening.

The game began to get interesting in the 7th. Pedro Martinez started the inning by allowing a single and a walk. With Micah Hoffpauir coming to the plate, lefty Ricardo Rincon was brought in. Unfortunately, Hoffpauir took Ricky deep for a three run shot. With the Mets down 6-3 late in the game, I don’t think anyone could have envisioned the Mets pulling out a victory. Thankfully, all of those people were wrong. Yes, the Mets would win the game, and all of those people would have their assessments proved to be false. Indeed, a bunch of nay-saying front runners those fair weather fans proved themselves to be.

After scoring a run in the 7th, the Mets proved themselves to be up tp the task of tying the game in the eighth. With runners on the corners and two outs, Ramon Martinez and Robinson Cancel hit back-to-back singles to knot up the game. Carlos Beltran may wind up as this game’s hero in the papers tomorrow, but this comeback would not have happened without Martinez and Cancel.

With the game tied at 6-6 in the ninth (Joe Smith got out of trouble to pitch a scoreless inning in the top half of the frame), Jose Reyes stepped to the plate to lead off the inning. After working a 3-2 count, Reyes laced a fastball into right field for a single. After an embarrassing turn at-bat for Daniel Murphy, in which he fouled out bunting with two strikes, David Wright struck out to bring Carlos Delgado to the plate. The Cubs took the bat out of Delgado’s hands, intentionally walking him to get to Carlos Beltran. This plan would backfire, as Beltran would rip a single past the first baseman Hoffpauir to win the game

What a game. It was entertaining all the way through, its realy great to see that the Mets are mentally capable of winning a game from behind. Tonight, the Mets will remain at Shea to take on Chris Volstad and the Florida Marlins.

 

The Haiku

A night of heroes
Cancel? Martinez? Which one?
Set stage for Beltran

 

The Boxscore

Chi Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Pie, LF 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .244
Theriot, SS 2 2 0 0 3 0 1 .302
Hoffpauir, 1B 5 2 5 5 0 0 0 .387
Edmonds, CF 4 1 0 0 1 2 4 .232
Fontenot, 2B 4 0 3 0 1 0 1 .295
McGehee, C, 3B 5 0 1 1 0 2 5 .222
Fukudome, RF 3 0 0 0 2 2 4 .258
Hill, K, C 5 0 0 0 0 3 4 .111
Harden, P 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .111
  Gaudin, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Johnson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .307
  Cotts, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Howry, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Ward, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .216
  Hart, K, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 38 6 11 6 7 12 23  

a-Grounded out for Gaudin in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Howry in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Hoffpauir (8, Martinez, P), Fontenot (22, Rincon).
HR: Hoffpauir 2 (2, 1st inning off Martinez, P, 0 on, 2 out; 7th inning off Rincon, 2 on, 0 out).
TB: Pie; Hoffpauir 12; Fontenot 4; McGehee, C; Harden.
RBI: Hoffpauir 5 (8), McGehee, C (5).
2-out RBI: Hoffpauir; McGehee, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Fukudome 2; Hill, K; Edmonds; Ward.
GIDP: Pie.
Team LOB: 12.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pie (3, 2nd base off Martinez, P/Cancel, R).

FIELDING
E: Hoffpauir (2, fielding).
DP: (McGehee, C-Theriot-Hoffpauir).

 
NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, J, SS 4 2 1 1 1 0 0 .299
Murphy, LF 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 .325
Wright, 3B 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 .300
Delgado, 1B 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 .273
Beltran, CF 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 .282
Church, RF 3 1 3 2 1 0 0 .284
Martinez, R, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 4 .286
Cancel, R, C 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 .245
Martinez, P, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .154
  Rincon, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Stokes, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667
  a-Anderson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .213
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Easley, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .270
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Smith, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 34 7 10 7 6 7 15  

a-Grounded out for Stokes in the 7th. b-Struck out for Schoeneweis in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Church (14, Harden), Cancel, R (2, Gaudin).
TB: Reyes, J; Wright; Beltran 2; Church 4; Martinez, R; Cancel, R 3.
RBI: Wright (124), Church 2 (49), Reyes, J (68), Martinez, R (2), Cancel, R (5), Beltran (110).
2-out RBI: Church 2; Martinez, R; Cancel, R; Beltran.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martinez, R 2; Murphy; Easley.
SF: Wright.
GIDP: Delgado.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Reyes, J 3 (55, 2nd base off Harden/Hill, K, 2nd base off Hart, K/Hill, K, 2nd base off Harden/Hill, K), Beltran (25, 3rd base off Howry/Hill, K).
CS: Church (3, 2nd base by Harden/Hill, K).

FIELDING
E: Wright (16, fielding).
DP: (Martinez, R-Reyes, J-Delgado).

 
Chi Cubs IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Harden 6.0 2 3 2 5 4 0 2.07
Gaudin (H, 4) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 4.28
Cotts (H, 9) 0.2 3 2 2 0 0 0 4.41
Howry (BS, 4) 0.1 2 0 0 0 1 0 5.17
Hart, K (L, 2-2) 0.2 2 1 1 1 2 0 7.01
 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Martinez, P 6.0 7 5 5 4 9 1 5.61
Rincon 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 1 4.50
Stokes 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.41
Schoeneweis 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 3.20
Feliciano 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4.08
Smith (W, 6-3) 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3.61

Martinez, P pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Feliciano pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

WP: Smith.
IBB: Delgado (by Hart, K), Fukudome (by Stokes), Fukudome (by Smith).
Pitches-strikes: Harden 98-49, Gaudin 16-12, Cotts 20-13, Howry 12-8, Hart, K 25-12, Martinez, P 99-67, Rincon 8-6, Stokes 15-7, Schoeneweis 22-13, Feliciano 5-3, Smith 16-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Harden 4-9, Gaudin 2-1, Cotts 2-0, Howry 0-0, Hart, K 0-0, Martinez, P 8-1, Rincon 0-1, Stokes 0-1, Schoeneweis 2-0, Feliciano 0-0, Smith 2-0.
Batters faced: Harden 25, Gaudin 4, Cotts 4, Howry 3, Hart, K 5, Martinez, P 29, Rincon 3, Stokes 3, Schoeneweis 5, Feliciano 1, Smith 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Howry 2-2, Rincon 2-2, Stokes 1-0, Smith 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Randy Marsh. 2B: Phil Cuzzi. 3B: Jim Wolf.
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 18 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:20.
Att: 51,174.
September 25, 2008

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

The Win Probability Added Graph


The Credits

Recap by Milo Taibi
Haiku by Howard Megdal


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