May 18, 2009: The Ugly 11th

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Date: May 18, 2009
Mets starter: Tim Redding
Mets: 2
Dodgers: 3
Winning pitcher: Ramon Troncoso
Key player(s): Angel Pagan
Key play: Appeal play in 11th, Reed's error

The Mets began a series against the Dodgers on a Monday night in Los Angeles. In his first start as a Met, Tim Redding allowed two runs and two hits in six innings and the bullpen pitched four shutout innings. However, a poorly-played 11th inning resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Mets.

The Dodgers scored twice in the first inning against Redding. Juan Pierre led off with a walk and moved to third on Rafael Furcal's single. Orlando Hudson's grounder brought home Pierre and a sacrifice fly by James Loney scored Furcal. Redding then shut down Los Angeles with one-hit ball over the next five innings.

David Wright led off the top of the second with a double off Dodgers' starter Randy Wolf. Wright came around to score on two ground outs to cut the Los Angeles lead to 2-1. Wolf struck out Ramon Castro for the third out and followed up with five straight scoreless innings.

In the eighth, Angel Pagan doubled for his third hit of the game. Wolf retired the next two batters and Gary Sheffield singled off reliever Cory Wade to score Pagan with the tying run. Mets' errors created scoring chances for the Dodgers in the eighth and ninth innings, but Los Angeles failed to capitalize and the game went into extra innings.

In the top of the 11th, Ryan Church got a two-out single off Ramon Troncoso. Pagan followed with a hit into center field for his fourth hit of the game. Church came all the way around to score the apparent go-ahead run for the Mets. However, the Dodgers appealed at third and Church was called out for having missed the base, negating the run. The inning was over and the game remained tied.

In the bottom of the inning, Brian Stokes walked leadoff hitter Mark Loretta on four pitches. Pinch-hitter Xavier Paul followed with a routine fly ball where Pagan and Carlos Beltran converged. Both players called for the ball, but then each backed off and let it land safely and bounce to the wall. Loretta reached third and Paul got to second on the error charged to Beltran. Pierre was then walked intentionally to load the bases for Los Angeles.

Beltran was brought in from center field to play behind second base. Stokes got Furcal to hit a soft fly to Pagan that could not score a run. Hudson followed with a hard grounder to first baseman Jeremy Reed that could have started an inning-ending double play. However, Reed's throw to catcher Castro was wide for the Mets' fifth error. Loretta scored easily and the game was over. The Mets had suffered a humiliating defeat with an ugly eleventh inning.