Mike Stanton crushed a grand slam in the 10th inning off Jason Isringhausen to send the Mets to their 3rd straight loss. This is their second loss in a row in which a 2-out homer in the 9th tied the game for them. The Mets now drop to 55-54.
Yet another tough loss for the Mets. They had done nothing against Marlins pitching all game, mustering only 1 run through the first 8 2/3 innings of the game. Mike Pelfrey grinded through his 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 of them earned). It looked like the Mets were going to lose the game 3-1. But with 2 outs and Angel Pagan on second, Lucas Duda crushed his third homer of the year to send the game to extras.
But Izzy promptly loaded the bases to bring up Mike Stanton. This rally included a bonehead play by Daniel Murphy, where he failed to nab Dewayne Wise while he was caught in a rundown. Stanton then brought everyone home with a laser over the left field wall.
-Lucas Duda: He showed off his raw power with his 9th-inning blast — it was an absolute bomb to center field. Had it not been for him, the Mets would have combined for only 3 runs over these past 3 games. The previous 8 games? At least 4 runs scored in each, with a combined 34 runs in the last 4 games before the losing streak.
-Jason Bay: Hit his 7th homer of the year in the 4th, a shot over the right center field fence (the deepest part of the park).
-Angel Pagan: Mentally, he doesn’t look like he’s all there — he looked lost and indecisive on a couple of plays in the outfield (like not knowing where to throw to on a sac fly) and had a weird baserunning moment in the 9th in which he took an unnecessary risk in stretching his single to a double (had Stanton not been napping, he would have been out by a mile).
-Playing at Home: The Mets’ record at Citi Field now drops to 22-27 on the year.
On Deck: Middle game, first pitch at 7:10 PM.
FLA Hand (1-3, 2.73 ERA) vs. NYM Capuano (9-10, 4.51 ERA)