The first 8.5 frames of this one passed quickly and with almost nary an incident.The Mets broke through for the game's first run when Daniel Murphy doubled in the top of the fifth and came around to score on a sac fly. That was all they could manage in regulation, but it seemed all they would need as the Marlins went quietly against Jeremy Hefner for the first eight.
Then, the ninth.
Hefner gave up a leadoff single to pinch hitter Chris Coghlan, and a passed ball moved him to second. A bunt attempt by Juan Pierre inspired catcher Anthony Recker to move to third, and the David Wright appeared to tag Coghlan out when he slid past third. By, like, a foot. The third base umpire either had his eyes closed or was in a whimsical mood, because he called Coghlan safe. And it would get worse.
Hefner exited for Brandon Lyon, whereupon Donovan Solano singled home Coghlan with the tying run and sent Pierre to third. An intentional walk to load the bases was rendered pointless when Lyon's very next pitch skittered past Recker. Pierre ran home with the winning run, the Marlins had another walkoff win, and the Mets had their sixth loss in a row. But at least they packed the carnage into a conveniently small package so we could all get on with our evenings.
Full recap to come.
Game Thread Roll Call
Nice job by Steve Sypa; your effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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