Mets 2 - Marlins 1
After watching tonights game on a 1967 Zenith television, Fidel Castro heaped praise on controversial Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen:
"Ozzie Guillen is a bullshit manager and everybody's against him, but any man who can sit in the dugout through the bottom of the 7th and watch that piss parade of relief pitchers walk the ballpark and blow the game like that, without his head exploding - is a man I admire."
Castro, along with the rest of us, watched a classic pitchers duel tonight. Johan Santana and Josh Johnson were both on their game and the strikeouts piled up for both teams.
Johan, again, deserved a better fate. The Marlins only run came in the top of the 7th when Marco Antonio Luigi Stanton scored from first base after Mike Baxter bobbled a Gaby Sanchez rocket off the wall. Baxter's relay throw was headed for Lucas Duda in right field before Ruben Tejada intercepted it and fired home. Stanton would have been dead if Josh Thole could have handled the short hop - but Josh didn't lay a glove on it.
In the bottom of the 7th, the Mets took advantage of the Marlins bullpen chum and walked around the bases. The key to the inning was Terry Collins pinch hitting for Ike Davis with Justin Turner. Turner worked out a walk and was in the middle of the Mets base on balls "rally."
In the bottom of the 8th, Kirk Nieuwenhuis stroked a single and Daniel Murphy sent Kirk to third with a rope to right field. David Wright followed with an awful strikeout but was picked up by Lucas Duda, who smashed one off the Marlins pitcher plating the go ahead run.
Frank Francisco shut the door and that was the game. Kudos to Captain Kirk for the fantastic catch he made robbing Jose Reyes of an extra base hit. Reyes went 0 for 4 in his return to Queens.
These two guys are the Mets' co-MVPs tonight.
In other late news on the day...Now Mike Pelfrey is going to the DL for licker's elbow. It sure is nice of the Mets to prove to Jose Reyes they don't need him to fill up their DL.