The Mets just missed beating almost famous Armando Galarraga and the Detroit Tigers. Hisanori Takahashi was tasked with sweeping the broom over one of the better offenses in the AL but was not sharp from the get go. Hisanori gave up a walk to the leadoff man Austin Jackson in the 1st, followed by a Ryan Raybourn single to put runner on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Takahashi managed to strike out Magglio Ordonez but Jackson stole 3rd and Raybourn stole 2nd. Big boy Miguel Cabrera hit a sac fly to put the Tigers up by one. Taka retired Boesch to end the inning but that pretty much was Hisanori’s night tonight.
Armando Galarraga held the Mets scoreless until the 4th inning. Jesus Feliciano doubled to give the Mets their first hit of the game(and taking away the no hitter). David Wright singled to move Jesus over to third and Ike Davis got him in via a double play out. Jason Bay would walk but Jeff Francoeur made the last out to end the inning and leave the game 3-1. Hisanori Takahashi felt bad for the Tigers and let up a home run to Ryan Rayburn to open the very next frame. Ordonez and Cabrera would single after that to put runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out, Takahashi would go out with a bang by loading the bases on a walk to Boesch. Elmer Dessens was tasked with getting out of a bases loaded 0 out situation…by the end of the inning, the Tigers were up 6-1.
The Mets showed that fight and fire that has made alot of us begin to forget about 2009. With the Mets down 6-1, Galarraga let up a walk to Jose Reyes to start the 6th. Jesus Feliciano singled to put runners on the corners with no one out. David Wright doubled to score Reyes and move Feliciano to third. Ike Davis grounded out to score Jesus Feliciano and Jason Bay singled to score David Wright. Jason Bay however, tried to take 2nd on a ball that barely got away from Laird…he was unsuccessful. Alex Cora flied out to end the rally but the Mets pulled closer at 6-4. Mets got on their rally horse the very next inning. Blanco struck out but Ruben Tejada took one for the team and got on base. On a past ball, Tejada took second and Chris Carter came through with a single to score Tejada. Jose and Jesus singled to have the bases loaded with 1 out and David Wright up at the plate. David however, struck out and Ike Davis flied out to center but the Mets pulled within one run…ONE RUN from being down 6-1.
Joel Zumaya would bring his super fast fastball to the Mets in the 8th. Joel got Jason Bay to fly out on a deep shot to right. Fernando Tatis grounded out on the first pitch(this guy is useless) butÂ Blanco and Tejada managed to hit a single off Zumaya. With a runner in scoring position and the Mets down one run, Chris Carter came up and put up a good at bat but ended up flying out to end the inning. Unfortunatly, Jose Valverde came in and took out the top of the lineup in a 1-2-3 fashion to deny the Mets a hard worked come back. Even though a loss sucks and we missed a shot to be in first place, this team showed some guts that were no where to be found last year. This team has a hellova lot of fight…