Nelson Figueroa (0-2) earned his recall from the minor leagues with some fine pitching performances for the AAA Buffalo Bisons.Â Tonight did not resemble those in any way.Â Figueroa lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up 6 runs, all earned, on 10 hits and 1 walk and that proved to be just too much for the Mets injury riddled offense to overcome.
The Arizona Diamondbacks held on to defeat the New York Mets 6-5 despite the Mets managing to get 5 runs off Arizona ace-by-default Dan Haren (11-6), and despite the Met bullpen picking up Figueroa with 7 1/3 scoreless innings.Â Tim Redding, Bobby Parnell, Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes combined to hold the Diamondbacks scoreless the rest of the way.
The Met offense tried valiantly to get the team back on top.Â Down 6-0 in the bottom of the 3rd, Angel Pagan tripled to drive in Omir Santos and it was 6-1.Â Then in the 5th the Mets got within striking distance on what may have been the play that ultimately caused them to come up short.Â Luis Castillo hit a 2-run single driving in Alex Cora and Santos.Â On the play, a bouncer to the left field gap, Pagan stopped at 2nd base causing Castillo to hold up with a single.
Later Castillo was seen having a heated discussion with Pagan and the announcers suggested Castillo felt Pagan should’ve advanced to 3rd on the play and that Castillo would’ve wound up with a double.Â Perhaps Pagan should’ve listened to Nelson Riddle’s album Hey…Let Yourself Go. As it was David Wright singled to drive in Pagan but Castillo never made it past 2nd base.Â The DBacks led 6-4.
The angry witch that has cast a dark spell which has cursed the 2009 Mets season teased us by allowing Daniel Murphy to hit a solo home run, his 7th, into the Pepsi Porch to cut the lead to 6-5, but that was as close as the Mets would get.
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(for those who don’t get it, Nelson Riddle arranged a song called “Mona Lisa” and arranged much of the music for the television series “Batman” in addition to that of the albums shown here and many, many more)