The New York Mets were defeated by the Florida Marlins Tuesday night 7-6. The Mets fought hard at the end to even the score, but Dan Uggla hit a walk-off single off Pedro Feliciano in the bottom of the ninth. They continue to struggle against the Marlins, now 4-8 on the season. With an Atlanta loss, they were unable to gain ground for the NL East division lead.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi matched up against Nate Robertson in the middle game of a three-game set. The Mets starter got into a load of trouble in the 3rd inning, giving the Mets offense a challenging 6-3 deficit. This is Takahashi’s second consecutive poor outing, and Jerry Manuel faces a tough decision for him–rotation or bullpen?

The offense was there tonight, though. David Wright continues to hit, as Ruben Tejada shows why he can be the future second baseman with the club. The rally at the end was awesome, and even though they couldn’t pull out a win, the Mets continued resiliency proves their competitiveness.

Positives From The Game:

D-Wright: The Mets All-Star (hopefully) had another multi-hit performance tonight, collecting three singles, raising his batting average to .310. He’s been the Mets best hitter this season, which is a great turnaround from a horrid 2009.

The Bench: Chris Carter and Josh Thole both pinch hit in the top of the ninth, getting meaningful hits. Alex Cora pinch ran for Carter and scored the tying run.

Negatives From The Game:

Ugly 3rd: Hisanori Takahashi–I like to call him T.K. for short–gave up six runs in the third inning, all of which were scored with the long ball. Worst part about it is that all scoring occurred after two outs and the bases empty.

Pedro Feliciano: Unfortunately, Pedro has to be the negative tonight. He was the unlucky pitcher to get the loss tonight. Regardless, he’s been a great arm coming out of the bullpen all season.

Interesting Facts:

  • In 20 games this season, Ruben Tejada has hit safely in 15 of them.
  • Fernando Tatis recorded his first hit since May 23. He broke an 0 for 20 hitless streak.
  • Takahashi has allowed 12 runs in his last two starts. He gave up only 12 runs in his first six starts.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to salvage the final game of the Marlins series in Puerto Rico Wednesday night. Game Time 7:05.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (10-2) 2.71 ERA vs. FLA Chris Volstad (4-7) 4.40 ERA