May 13, 2010: Nieve's Wild Pitch in 9th
|Date: May 13, 2010|
|Mets starter: Johan Santana|
|Winning pitcher: Leo Nunez|
|Key player(s): Johan Santana, Josh Johnson, Cody Ross|
|Key play: Nieve's wild pitch|
The Mets and Marlins began a four-game series on a Thursday night in Miami. Starting pitchers Johan Santana and Florida's Josh Johnson each allowed one run over the first seven innings. In the end, it was the Marlins who came out with a 2-1 win on a wild pitch by Met reliever Fernando Nieve in the bottom of the ninth inning.
A year after losing 2-1 to Johnson and the Marlins despite 13 strikeouts, Santana was again at the top of his game. Although he struck out only five this time, Johan held the Marlins to only three hits in his seven innings. Meanwhile, the Mets got a run on Rod Barajas's single off Johnson that scored Jason Bay in the second inning.
In the bottom of the third, Gaby Sanchez led off with a single for Florida. Santana followed up by striking out Brett Carroll. Johnson came to bat and laid down a bunt on which Johan made an errant throw to put runners on first and second base. Chris Coghlan then singled to center field to score Sanchez with the tying run.
Both Santana and Johnson faced the minimum six batters in the fourth and fifth innings. In the sixth, Johnson made his own throwing error of a ground ball hit by Jose Reyes. Johnson then struck out Bay to end the inning with no runs. The Marlins then put runners into scoring position in the sixth and seventh, but couldn't score against Santana.
In the eighth inning, Florida reliever Clay Hensley retired the side in order and Nieve did the same in the bottom half for the Mets. Luis Castillo led off the top of the ninth with a single off Leo Nunez. However, Castillo was left on base when Nunez retired the next three Met batters to end the inning.
Nieve retired Jorge Cantu to begin the bottom of the ninth. After walking Cody Ross, Nieve gave up a single to Ronny Paulino that sent Ross to third base. With pinch-hitter Dan Uggla at the plate, Nieve uncorked a wild pitch that brought home Ross with the winning run for the Marlins. The Mets had a tough defeat.