August 31, 2008: Homers Lift Mets Over Fish
|Date: August 31, 2008|
|Mets starter: Pedro Martinez|
|Winning pitcher: Pedro Martinez|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Nick Evans, David Wright|
|Key play: Mets’ home runs|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Sunday afternoon in Miami, Florida. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. The Mets hit three solo home runs in the second and third innings and came away with a 6-2 win.
Marlins’ starter Scott Olsen pitched a perfect top of the first. Hanley Ramirez singled against the Mets’ Pedro Martinez to open the bottom half. Ramirez advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Luis Gonzalez. Jorge Cantu grounded out to shortstop Jose Reyes to send Gonzalez to third. Mike Jacobs followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Gonzalez for a 2-0 Florida lead. Martinez then retired Dan Uggla on a fly ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran for the third out.
Beltran homered to lead off the top of the second. Carlos Delgado grounded out to first baseman Jacobs. Fernando Tatis was hit by a pitch and Damion Easley was called out on strikes. Robinson Cancel was retired on a fly ball to center fielder Cody Ross, who singled with one out in the bottom half. John Baker got an infield single and Olsen’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third base. Martinez then got Ramirez to fly out to Beltran and finish off the inning.
With two outs in the top of the third, Nick Evans connected for his first major league home run to tie the game. Wright followed with a homer that put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Beltran flied out to left fielder Gonzalez to end the inning and Jacobs drew a two-out walk in the bottom half. Uggla hit a double and Martinez threw a called third strike past Jeremy Hermida for the inning’s final out. Olsen set down the Mets in order in the top of the fourth. Martinez then held the Fish to a single by Baker in the bottom half.
Martinez and Olsen each hurled scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Easley singled against Olsen to begin the top of the seventh. Cancel’s sacrifice bunt advanced Easley to second base and pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy drew a walk. Reyes hit a single to score Easley and send Murphy to third. Pinch-hitter Ryan Church singled against Florida reliever Doug Waechter to drive home Murphy and increase the Mets’ lead to 5-2. Wright got a single to load the bases and Beltran hit a sacrifice fly that plated Reyes with the sixth New York run of the game. Waechter threw a called third strike past Delgado to close out the inning. Mets’ relievers Scott Schoeneweis and Aaron Heilman then combined for a scoreless bottom half.
Waechter shut down the Mets in the top of the eighth. New York’s Pedro Feliciano hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning and the Marlins’ Joe Nelson gave up just a single to Wright in the top of the ninth. Baker singled against Mets’ reliever Brian Stokes to lead off the bottom half. Alfredo Amezaga went down on strikes and Ramirez flied out to Beltran. Gonzalez hit a single to center field. Stokes then retired Cantu on a line drive to Reyes for the final out of the game. The Mets had a series-closing victory.