Nelson Figueroa actually pitched a really good game, allowing two runs, one earned, in five innings. It was a gutsy performance considering Figueroa was on a pitch count after having thrown 39 pitches in 2 1/3 innings two days before against the Phillies.
Figueroa took the loss in the first game of three against the Marlins, but it was the defense behind him and the lack off offense that contributed to it. In the second game in a row in which the Mets have played, a player committed two errors by himself on the same play in the same inning. Yesterday, it was Chase Utley. Tonight it was Daniel Murphy, who didn’t come up with a ground-out and then threw the ball wide of first to allow Hanley Ramirez to go to third. He would eventually score to tie the game at one.
The Mets scored their only run in the fourth inning after Jeff Francoeur hit his second double of the night. Fernando Tatis drove him on on an RBI single. The Mets then squandered their next best chance to score runs. In the fifth inning, the bases were loaded with one out, but they just couldn’t get it done. Francoeur popped up and Tatis struck out to end the threat.
The Marlins scored their second run in the fifth inning. It was all they would need to win the game. Sean Green got into a couple of jams, including a bases-loaded situation, but managed to get out of them. He pitched two innings. Francisco Rodriguez went into the game in the eighth inning to keep it close and get in some work. He walked the first batter but ended up striking out two.
On the day it was announced that JJ Putz and Johan Santana were being shut down for the rest of the year and Oliver Perez would miss his next start, Gary Sheffield left the game early in the seventh inning after a walk. A walk! He said he felt something when he darted for second. Even though he took himself out of the game, he did say after the game it wasn’t anything serious and it was just back spasms.
Mike Pelfrey, who will probably be the last starter who began the season in the starting rotation depending on the length of Perez’s injury, will face the excellent Josh Johnson who has lost only three games all year.