Tonight’s review involved a fly ball to right field by Daniel Murphy. National’s RF Adam Dunn stopped running, turned and watched as Murphy’s fly fell to the warning track, then ran and picked it up.Â He fired a throw to 2B Rafael Belliard who in turn threw home where Gary Sheffield was tagged out attempting to score on what was ruled a double for Murphy.Â After conferring briefly, the umpires decided to take Warner Wolf’s advice and go to the videotape.
They emerged from the video room and made the universal sign for ‘home run’ which involves holding one’s right arm aloft, sticking out one’s index finger and gyrating one’s wrist in a provocative manner, so Murphy was credited with a 2-run homer which gave the Mets a 5-3 lead and ultimately allowed Johan Santana (7-2) to be the winner.
Apparently the umpires had seen evidence of the batted ball contacting the Subway $5 footlong sign, which in Citi Field ground rules better mean home run or they’re really in trouble.Â I mean, they might have to take a paid leave of absence or something.Â More importantly, did you know you could get a footlong sandwich for only $5?Â That’s a really good deal!
This was not one of Johan Santana’s best performances, as his 11 strikeouts were tempered by 6 walks.Â The Mets gave him an early 3 run lead, scoring on a 1st inning 2-run double by Sheffield and a 3rd inning RBI single by Murphy, who later hit a 2-run double to give him 5 RBI total on the night.Â But Santana gave it all back in the 4th, an inning in which Santana walked 4 hitters and the Nats batted around.Â The highlight of that inning for the Nats was a 2-run homer by Adam Dunn which landed near the pedestrian bridge beyond center field.Â Luckily for the Mets that was all the Nationals could muster until a meaningless RBI single in the ninth which cut the final margin to 3.
A few other notes from the game:
Edie Falco threw out the first pitch, in an odd cross-promotion for her new series “Nurse Jackie” which premieres June 8th on Showtime. At last we know what happened to her after the screen went blank.
The 3 runs allowed by Johan Santana were the most he’s allowed at home (as a Met) since 6/8/08 versus the New York Yankees. Santana threw a season high 120 pitches.
Apparently I’m not allowed to mention a certain base running gaffe by a certain rookie.Â Look for a post here tomorrow on the subject.Â Box score courtesy Yahoo.com
|C. Guzman ss||4||1||0||1||1||3||0||.340|
|N. Johnson 1b||5||0||3||1||0||1||3||.337|
|R. Zimmerman 3b||3||1||0||0||2||3||2||.333|
|A. Dunn rf||4||1||1||2||0||2||3||.283|
|J. Willingham lf||3||1||1||0||1||2||2||.228|
|R. Belliard 2b||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.164|
|J. Maxwell cf||2||0||0||0||1||2||1||.150|
|W. Harris ph-cf||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.261|
|W. Nieves c||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.283|
|J. Zimmermann p||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.000|
|R. Villone p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|K. Wells p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J. Colome p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J. Hanrahan p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|A. Hernandez ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.278|
|A. Pagan cf||4||2||2||0||1||1||0||.323|
|L. Castillo 2b||2||2||2||0||3||0||0||.295|
|D. Wright 3b||5||1||1||0||0||4||8||.345|
|G. Sheffield lf||2||1||1||2||2||0||1||.295|
|J.J. Putz p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|W. Valdez ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|F. Rodriguez p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|D. Murphy 1b||4||1||3||5||0||1||1||.262|
|R. Castro c||4||0||1||0||0||2||5||.253|
|F. Martinez rf||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.000|
|R. Martinez ss||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.121|
|J. Santana p||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.067|
|F. Tatis ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.275|
|B. Parnell p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|P. Feliciano p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|J. Reed lf||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.298|
|J. Zimmermann (L, 2-2)||5.0||8||5||5||2||8||1||6.07|
|J. Santana (W, 7-2)||6.0||3||3||3||6||11||1||1.77|
|B. Parnell (H, 9)||0.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.21|
|P. Feliciano (H, 7)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.41|
|IBB – G Sheffield (by J Colome).|
|BALK – J Colome.|
|Pitches-strikes – J Zimmermann 100-66; R Villone 9-2; K Wells 14-7; J Colome 17-9; J Hanrahan 31-17; J Santana 120-73; R Parnell 12-8; P Feliciano 4-3; J Putz 12-6; F Rodriguez 20-14.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – J Zimmermann 6-0; R Villone 0-1; K Wells 0-1; J Colome 0-1; J Hanrahan 1-0; J Santana 1-6; R Parnell 0-0; P Feliciano 0-0; J Putz 3-0; F Rodriguez 1-1.|
|Batters faced – J Zimmermann 24; R Villone 2; K Wells 3; J Colome 5; J Hanrahan 6; J Santana 27; R Parnell 3; P Feliciano 1; J Putz 3; F Rodriguez 5.|
|Umpires: HP–Sam Holbrook. 1B–Adrian Johnson. 2B–Larry Vanover. 3B–Dan Iassogna.
Weather: 60 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, in from center.