Marlins relief pitcher Burke Badenhop singled in the winning run off Ryota Igarashi in the 11th inning with 2 outs to lead the Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Mets.  The loss drops the Mets to 19-22.

Before the game started, the Mets learned that David Wright would be missing some time due to a stress fracture in his lower back.  After waiting through a rain delay that prolonged the start of the game, the Mets finally took the field.  From there, Mike Pelfrey and Josh Johnson would lock into a pitcher’s duel.  The Mets drew first blood, with Justin Turner’s RBI double in the 4th inning.  But the Marlins would tie the game at 1 on Mike Stanton’s solo blast to lead off the 7th.

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With the game still tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, Justin Turner led off the inning by chopping a ball to Hanley Ramirez and reached second when Ramirez threw it away.  However, Jason Pridie failed to get a bunt down and wound up striking out.  This would be costly, as the inning ended with Chin-Lung Hu grounding into a fielder’s choice to leave the bases loaded.

The 10th inning is when things started to get weird — with 2 men on and 1 out, Turner hit a sharp ground ball that Ramirez booted.  But the ball riccocheted directly to second baseman Omar Infante who was in perfect position to step on the bag and make the throw to first to double up Turner. Inning over.

The next inning, the Mets looked like they would get another shot to go into the bottom half of the frame still tied — there were 2 on with 2 out, but Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop was at the plate.  On a full count (how does Igarashi go to a full count on a relief pitcher?), he smacked an RBI single to center to break the tie and put the Marlins ahead.

The bottom of the 11th came down to tomorrow’s starter Jon Niese at the plate with 2 out.  In continuing with the weirdness of the last couple of innings, he crushed a triple off centerfielder Emilio Bonifacio’s glove.  But Reyes struck out to end the game and strand Niese at third.  What a bizarre game.

3 Up:

-Mike Pelfrey: Lost in the madness of the latter innings, Pelfrey pitched a strong game — only 1 run allowed in 7 innings.

-Justin Turner: Continues to make the most of his opportunity — a 2-5 day and drove in the Mets’ only run.

-The Bullpen aside from Igarashi: 3 combined hitless innings and only 44 combined pitches.

3 Down:

-Ryota Igarashi: Drop him.  I’m not kidding.  If you can’t put away a relief pitcher in that spot, you don’t deserve to be on a major league roster.  His 4.63 overall ERA isn’t helping matters, either.

-Jason Pridie: Has filled in decently in the outfield overall, but in the spot he was in, he has to get that bunt down.

-Late-Game Hitting: And I thought they were making progress with this one.  From innings 9 to 11, 6 Mets reached base.  None of them scored.

On Deck: The Mets wrap up the 2-game set with the Marlins tomorrow.  First pitch is at 7:10 PM.

FLA Nolasco (3-0, 3.02 ERA) vs. NYM Niese (2-4, 5.03 ERA)