The New York Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 7-4 in a 12-inning marathon Tuesday night. Nick Evans broke a tie on three separate occasions, including the deciding run in the top of the 12th on a single to put the Mets on top 5-4. Miguel Batista started the night with six innings allowing only one run on five hits and four walks while striking out three. The bullpen was strong, except for Bobby Parnell who blew a 4-2 lead yielding two runs on a Mike Cameron double in the bottom of the 9th. Josh Stinson came on in the bottom of the 12th to pitch a 1-2-3 inning for his first career save.
I can’t say enough about Nick Evans. He was 3 for 6 and each hit was in a clutch situation. I’ve been following him for years now and have even gotten a chance to see him play for the Binghamton Mets. This kid is mentally tough. He may not be the best hitter, but he gives every at-bat his all. That is a very rare attribute in a player. Even though the organization has bounced him back and forth between the minors and majors over the years, I think he has finally made an impression this time around. He is primed for a bench role in 2012.
Justin Turner, Jose Reyes, and Angel Pagan also had three-hit performances on the night. Reyes has taken the lead in the batting average over Ryan Braun after tonight. Pagan and Turner have been hitting better as of late, especially in the clutch.
- Jose Reyes is riding an eight-game hitting streak.
- Bobby Parnell blew his second save in three games.
- The Mets were charged with three errors in the field.
- Mets pitching allowed ten walks.
What’s Next?: The New York Mets take on the Florida Marlins in the rubber game of the series Wednesday night. Game Time 5:10 PM on SNY.
NYM R.A. Dickey (7-11) 3.60 ERA vs. FLA Brad Hand (1-5) 4.23 ERA