Tonight in Miami, the Mets were done in by the third base umpire and some poor pitching in the ninth inning.
The game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth. After Daniel Murphy led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a long fly out from Ike Davis, the Mets took a 1-0 lead when Anthony Recker drove him in by lining a sacrifice fly to left. That’s how the score remained until the ninth.
The Marlins got the first two on in the ninth on a single, passed ball, and a horrific blown call that changed the complexion of the inning and the game. Chris Coghlan‘s foot came off the base at third after an attempted sac bunt by Juan Pierre, but he was somehow called safe by the incompetent Tim McLelland.
After that umpiring atrocity, Donovan Solano lined a game tying single to right field as Pierre moved to third. After that, the Mets comically lost on a wild pitch that got through Anthony Recker and gifted a 2-1 win to Miami.
- Jeremy Hefner started for the Mets and was brilliant for eight innings. He opened the ninth by allowing a single, was done in by a bad call at third, and was unbelievably charged with the loss after both inherited runners scored.
- Anthony Recker, starting in place of John Buck (who caught all 15 innings last night), contributed a sacrifice fly. He then allowed a passed ball in the ninth, and couldn’t stop the wild pitch that ended the game.
This game absolutely flew by and looked like a victory before being marred by a horrific call from Tim McLelland. The Mets caved in from there, unraveling and eventually losing on a wild pitch.