On Tuesday night in Miami, the Mets lost to the Marlins 4-3.
The Mets increased their lead to 3-0 in the fourth, when Bobby Abreu delivered a sacrifice fly to left.
In the eighth inning, Terry Collins turned to Daisuke Matzuzaka, who is dealing with a calf injury and whose availability Sunday was in question.
Matsuzaka walked the first two batters in front of Giancarlo Stanton, but remained in the game. After Matsuzaka allowed an RBI single to Stanton and an Omar Quintanilla error cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2, Terry Collins left Matsuzaka in the game to face lefty Jarrod Saltalamacchia – even though lefty reliever Scott Rice was ready. Saltalamacchia promptly tied the game at 3 with a double to the gap in right-center.
After Saltalamacchia’s double, Kyle Farnsworth came in and escaped a second and third, no out jam to keep the game tied.
With runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Gonzalez Germen allowed an RBI single to Casey McGehee – that ricocheted off Germen and wound up in short right field – that gave Miami the 4-3 win.
- Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was brilliant over seven scoreless frames. Niese allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out six. He lowered his ERA to 1.82.
- Daniel Murphy went 1 for 4 with a home run.
- Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer and went 2 for 4 overall.
- Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed three runs in the eighth inning as the Marlins tied the game.
Tonight’s loss was due in large part to Terry Collins’ almost impossible to believe bullpen management in the eighth inning.
Daisuke Matsuzaka was nearly not healthy enough to pitch Sunday because of a calf issue, and it was clear he was out of sorts Monday night when he walked the first two batters he faced – in front of Giancarlo Stanton. He should’ve been removed at that point, but wasn’t.
After Matsuzaka allowed a bullet of a hit to Stanton and Omar Quintanilla made an error, Matsuzaka should’ve been removed but wasn’t. Scott Rice was ready to face the left handed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but Collins chose to leave Matsuzaka in. Matsuzaka promptly served up the game-tying hit before finally being removed from the game.