The New York Mets’ players are dropping like flies.Â During today’s game, Angel Pagan and John Maine were added to the long list of Mets who are either on the disabled list or nursing injury/illness.Â Pagan left the game in the top of the 4th inning with what was reported as “right groin discomfort” and Maine left after warming up to start the top of the 7th with a “stomach virus.” The Mets showed a lot of grit and heart, if not a lot of intestinal fortitude, in overcoming this adversity to win the series by defeating the Florida Marlins 3-2.
Maine (5-3) threw 6 innings of shutout ball, giving up only 3 hits and allowing 2 walks while striking out 5.Â Pedro Feliciano ably filled in for Maine by throwing a 1-2-3 inning.Â J.J. Putz was summoned for the hold to start the 8th, but was ineffective yet again as he recorded only 1 out while allowing 3 baserunners and 1 run before being replaced by rookie Bobby Parnell, who despite allowing 1 inherited runner to score then retired the next 2 batters to preserve the 1 run lead.Â Met closer Francisco Rodriguez did allow a 2 out walk but ultimately struck out the side in the 9th for his 14th save.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd utilizing classic National League small-ball.Â SS Wilson Valdez drew a 1 out walk, and was sacrificed to 2nd by Maine.Â Pagan then drove in Valdez with a 2 out double.Â The Mets added 2 valuable insurance runs in the 7th when back-to-back doubles by Fernando Martinez and Omir Santos plated one run each, giving the Mets a 3-0 lead.
After the game, General Manager Omar Minaya announced that the Mets had made a rare inter-sport trade, acquiring this large ambulance from the Calgary Flames of the NHL in exchange for approximately 60 guilders. Minaya said that he was confident that the injured and ill members of the Met roster would now have adequate medical care.
The Daily Show host Jon Stewart was among the 40,482 in attendance and among other things had this exchange with Met TV on-field commentator Kevin Burkhardt about his first Citi Field experience.Â JS:Â I had sushi.Â KB:Â You couldn’t do that at Shea. JS:Â Well, you could, but it was just old fish.
Box score courtesy yahoo.com
|C. Coghlan lf||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||.212|
|E. Bonifacio 3b||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||.250|
|H. Ramirez ss||4||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||.330|
|J. Cantu 1b||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||5||.266|
|J. Hermida rf||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||.264|
|D. Uggla 2b||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||.208|
|J. Baker c||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||0||1||.262|
|C. Ross cf||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||.254|
|C. Volstad p||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||1||.045|
|R. Gload ph||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.270|
|K. Calero p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|R. Paulino ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.239|
|A. Pagan cf||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|J. Reed cf||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|L. Castillo 2b||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||1||.294|
|D. Wright 3b||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||2||.333|
|G. Sheffield lf||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||1||.292|
|D. Murphy 1b||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|F. Martinez rf||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|O. Santos c||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|W. Valdez ss||2||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.286|
|J. Maine p||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.211|
|P. Feliciano p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|F. Tatis ph||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.258|
|J.J. Putz p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|B. Parnell p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|F. Rodriguez p||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|C. Volstad (L, 4-4)||7.0||6||3||3||2||3||0||1.13||3.71|
|J. Maine (W, 5-3)||6.0||3||0||0||2||5||0||1.34||3.75|
|P. Feliciano (H, 8)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.90||2.25|
|J.J. Putz (H, 10)||0.1||2||2||2||1||0||0||1.41||3.81|
|B. Parnell (H, 10)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.55||2.11|
|F. Rodriguez (S, 14)||1.0||0||0||0||1||3||0||1.01||0.73|
|Pitches-strikes – C Volstad 94-59; K Calero 19-11; J Maine 82-53; P Feliciano 13-10; J Putz 17-7; R Parnell 7-5; F Rodriguez 17-11.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – C Volstad 14-4; K Calero 0-2; J Maine 4-8; P Feliciano 1-1; J Putz 0-1; R Parnell 0-1; F Rodriguez 0-0.|
|Batters faced – C Volstad 27; K Calero 4; J Maine 22; P Feliciano 3; J Putz 4; R Parnell 3; F Rodriguez 4.|
|Umpires: HP–Tim Welke. 1B–Jim Reynolds. 2B–Angel Hernandez. 3B–Bill Welke.
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 20 mph, out to center.