Rain and a Met offense that was all wet helped James Shields (6-5) and the Tampa Bay Rays defeat the New York Mets at Citi Field.Â Shields allowed only 3 baserunners over 7 innings.Â With one out in the top of the 8th inning, the rain became heavier and umpires called for the tarp to put the mortally wounded Met offense out of it’s misery.Â Or so I thought.Â 73 minutes later the tarp had been removed and the game was resumed.
With Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez and John Maine among others who the Mets counted on in key roles this season already on the long Met disabled list, it may well have been the tears of Met fans that caused the delay as those fans learned that Carlos Beltran is scheduled to have an MRI due to a bone bruise on his right knee.Â For the physical health of the Mets and the mental health of Met fans I’ll hope this Beltran MRI is like Gary Sheffield’s recent MRI in that rumors of it proved exaggerated and it ultimately didn’t happen.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning Ryan Church doubled.Â After a Jeremy Reed ground out moved Church to 3rd base, Omir Santos hit a 2 out double to right driving in Church to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.Â Santos’ double elicited this tidbit from FOX announcer Thom Brennaman:Â the Mets lead the National League in RBI from the catcher position with 45.Â Whodathunkit.Â The only other Met hit was a one out double by Alex Cora in the 3rd inning until a too little, too late single by Beltran with 2 outs in the 9th after Rays pitchers had retired 19 consecutive Mets.Â Anyway, the way Johan Santana (8-5) was pitching it seemed that might be enough.Â But Santana, who lost the perfect game with a leadoff walk to Carlos Pena in the 2nd inning, lost the no hitter and the lead in the 5th.
Jason Bartlett doubled and the next batter, Gabe “Welcome Back” Kapler, doubled to drive him in and tie the score.Â Incredibly Kapler who 2 years ago had retired and was managing in the minor leagues has driven in 16 runs in a part time role for the Rays this season, even more incredible when one considers he was teaching the Sweathogs in high school back in 1979.
Pena homered leading off the 7th inning to give the Rays the lead.Â After the delay the Met offense continued to play underwater while the Rays got a solo shot by Ben Zobrist in the 9th off Sean Green for an insurance run and the final score of 3-1.
The FOX announcing crew dropped one more nugget of knowledge on us.Â The Philadelphia Phillies are 13-20 at home, and no team in Major League history that has started the season 13-20 at home has ever made the post season.Â So we’ve got history on our side, or perhaps more appropriately, it ain’t on theirs.Â The Mets will try yet again to win a rubber game tomorrow when Mike Pelfrey (5-2, 4.56) takes the mound opposed by Jeff Niemann (6-4, 4.21).
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