Oh boy. Down 7-1 heading into the seventh, the Mets mounted an incredible comeback, scoring five in the seventh and three in the eighth (capped by a two run Angel Pagan home run off of old friend Francisco Rodriguez) to give them a miraculous 9-7 lead into the top of the ninth. Then Jason Isringhausen came in to pitch and it all came crashing down. Izzy had no semblance of control, as three walks and a hit eventually led to four Brewers runs and soon thereafter, the disappointing end to what could've been quite a compelling victory for the Amazins'. The result was a heartmelting 11-9 defeat.
Lost in the comeback and subsequent Izzy implosion was the fact that Chris Capuano continues to struggle for the Mets, muddying an otherwise successful season for the "specimen" of a lefty (I hope Keith Hernandez is okay with me borrowing his favorite descriptive term for Capuano). Seven runs over 5.1 innings, most of those runs scoring on three home runs, just isn't going to cut it even with a FIP-friendly seven strikeouts against only three walks. On the other hand, even though he's struggling, he's still quite the bargain even after incentives kick in. You can listen to Cap's post game reaction here, along with Terry Collins and Jason Isringhausen. Also notable was that there was a fire that started beyond center field in the lovely "Iron Triangle" section of Queens. I could probably make a joke about the season going down in flames here but that'd just make me look childish and inane.
The Mets look to salvage the series with the first place Brewers tomorrow at 1:10 PM. AA's favorite knuckleballing, Star Wars fan, literature-loving, Twitter user R.A. Dickey takes the mound and he'll go up against Yovani Gallardo for the Brewers. Just to let you know, this is a WPIX 11 game (I let you know because I love. You're welcome).
It looks more and more likely that the Mets will adjust the fences at Citi Field after the season is over.
The front office will use the rest of the season to evaluate players and one of those is Justin Turner, who's been a bit banged up of late. Also in this article: Terry Collins is pleased with Jose Reyes' progress after seeing him run at Citi Field on Saturday.
Surprise, SURPRISE! Mike Pelfrey is a back of the rotation starter! And here I was all this time blindly thinking that he was ace just because he threw in the mid-90's and pitched on Opening Day. How could I be so dumb?
So you probably know all about Brandon Nimmo's GCL debut already, but in case you didn't see it, here's a short clip of game action followed by an interview. Just to let you know, Brandon...give the media a smile with a big toothy grin and you're golden.
Around the NL East
Roy Oswalt was pushed back to Saturday due to a long rain delay, but it didn't seem to matter. Oswalt tossed eight shutout innings and the Phillies beat the Nationals 5-0.
Dan Uggla hit two more home runs as the Braves beat up on the Diamondbacks by a score of 8-1.
The Marlins were ripped apart by the Padres 14-1, as Nick Hundley did his best Todd Hundley impression, going 4-4 with two doubles and a home run.
Around the Majors
Prosecutors want another shot at the Roger Clemens trial, after realizing they made a critical error that doomed the trial.
The Tigers beat up on the Indians 10-1 and Brandon Inge made his (triumphant?) return to Detroit. Well, I guess only MIke Francesa would use the word triumphant.