blowout_01The Florida Marlins took a 6 run lead when they scored 3 runs in the top of the 5th inning off of Met starter Tim Redding to blow the game open and never looked back as they coasted to a 7-3 victory.   Jeremy Hermida drove in all 3 of the 5th inning runs with a home run off of the Pepsi Porch. The Mets did pose a slight threat with 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, but Leo Nunez came on to strike out Met rookie Fernando Martinez to end the game with runners on 2nd & 3rd.Front: R. Martinez, T. Redding, K. Takahashi; Rear: W. Valdez, S. Green, B. SchneiderThe Mets played their full cast of Scrubs today and after the Marlins scored 2 runs in the 1st inning, many in the crowd of 40,727 began to line up at the Shake Shack knowing they needed something good to remember about their trip to Citi Field.Bad oddsOdd numbered innings were not good to Redding.   He gave up 2 runs each in the 1st and 3rd innings, and surrendered 3 more in the 5th without recording an out before being replaced by Sean Green. Green, Ken Takahashi and Brian Stokes pitched scoreless relief the rest of the way but by then the game had been decided.Martinez notes exact time of 1st ML hitIn addition to the fine work of the bullpen, the other bright spot of the day for the Mets was the first Major League hit for Fernando Martinez, a 3rd inning single.   Martinez later doubled in a run but finished his 2-5 day by striking out on a checked swing to end the ballgame.   The other Fernando, Fernando Tatis, drove in the first Met run with a 2 out single in the 1st inning.   It was Tatis' first hit with 2 outs and runners in scoring position in 16 tries this season.   Also, Brian Schneider returned from the disabled list to single and walk in 4 plate appearances.clevelandcavaliersvorlandomagicgame44nsczflfciulThe checked swing call to end the game was debatable, but apparently umpire and Met nemesis Angel Hernandez wanted plenty of time for dinner before tonight's NBA playoff basketball game.Box score courtesy
C. Coghlan lf210003000.210
D. Meyer p000000000.000
M. Lindstrom p000000000.000
L. Nunez p000000000.000
E. Bonifacio 3b522000203.249
H. Ramirez ss512000004.320
J. Cantu 1b522200103.272
J. Hermida rf-lf513410001.270
D. Uggla 2b300100003.207
C. Ross cf400000103.259
R. Paulino c401000100.242
J. Johnson p300000201.080
B. Carroll ph-rf101000000.182
2B - E Bonifacio 2 (5, T Redding 2); J Hermida (6, T Redding); J Cantu (10, T Redding); R Paulino (3, S Green); B Carroll (1, K Takahashi).
HR - J Hermida (5, 5th inning off T Redding 2 on, 0 Out).
SF - D Uggla.
RBI - J Cantu 2 (37), J Hermida 4 (22), D Uggla (34).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - J Cantu 1, C Ross 2, J Johnson 1, E Bonifacio 1.
GIDP - J Hermida.
Team LOB - 7.
E - D Meyer 2 (2, ground ball, throw).
NY Mets
A. Pagan lf-cf412101000.325
F. Martinez rf502100102.154
C. Beltran cf300000103.352
K. Takahashi p000000000.000
O. Santos ph100000000.273
B. Stokes p000000000.000
F. Tatis 3b401100001.261
D. Murphy 1b300001002.254
R. Martinez 2b400000201.150
B. Schneider c311001001.167
W. Valdez ss401000001.200
T. Redding p100000100.333
S. Green p000000000.000
L. Castillo ph110000001.293
J. Reed lf200000202.286
2B - F Martinez (1, J Johnson); A Pagan (2, M Lindstrom).
RBI - F Tatis (11), F Martinez (2), A Pagan (2).
2-out RBI - F Tatis, F Martinez, A Pagan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - C Beltran 3, F Martinez 2, D Murphy 1.
Team LOB - 8.
E - F Tatis (1, ground ball).
DP - 1 (R Martinez-W Valdez-D Murphy).
J. Johnson (W, 4-1)7.05222501.092.66
D. Meyer1.00000000.872.35
M. Lindstrom0.22111101.846.10
L. Nunez (S, 1)0.10000101.133.51
NY Mets
T. Redding (L, 0-2)4.08772211.919.20
S. Green1.01000201.866.98
K. Takahashi3.01001201.142.92
B. Stokes1.01000101.322.75
WP - J Johnson, K Takahashi.
Pitches-strikes - J Johnson 111-71; D Meyer 14-10; M Lindstrom 26-17; L Nunez 3-3; T Redding 80-47; S Green 18-12; K Takahashi 50-31; B Stokes 9-8.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Johnson 12-4; D Meyer 1-2; M Lindstrom 1-0; L Nunez 0-0; T Redding 4-6; S Green 1-0; K Takahashi 3-4; B Stokes 2-0.
Batters faced - J Johnson 28; D Meyer 4; M Lindstrom 5; L Nunez 1; T Redding 23; S Green 4; K Takahashi 11; B Stokes 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Bill Welke. 1B--Tim Welke. 2B--Jim Reynolds. 3B--Angel Hernandez.Time: 3:01.Attendance: 40,727.Weather: 72 degrees, sunny.Wind: 13 mph, out to right.