May 28, 2008: Mets Come Back for Win in 12th
|Date: May 28, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Duaner Sanchez|
|Key player(s): Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Fernando Tatis|
|Key play: Chavez’s home run, Tatis’s double|
The Mets faced the Marlins on a Wednesday night at Shea Stadium. The teams played the finale of a three-game series in front of 47,769 fans on hand. The Mets came from behind twice to pull out a 7-6 win in 12 innings over Florida.
Mets’ starter Oliver Perez pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Jose Reyes doubled against the Marlins’ Scott Olsen to lead off the bottom half. An ensuing home run by Luis Castillo gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. David Wright drew a walk and Carlos Beltran flied out to center fielder Alfredo Amezaga. Damion Easley hit a ground ball to shortstop Hanley Ramirez for an inning-ending double play and Perez set down the Fish in order in the top of the second. Olsen then hurled a scoreless bottom of the inning.
Leading off the top of the third, Mike Rabelo homered for the Marlins’ first run of the game. Perez retired the next three Florida batters and Olsen set down the side in order in the bottom half. The Fish were held scoreless by Perez in the top of the fourth and Beltran hit a double to begin the bottom of the inning. Carlos advanced to third base on Easley’s single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Fernando Tatis. Olsen threw a called third strike past Ramon Castro and issued an intentional walk to Nick Evans. Perez then hit a force play grounder to Ramirez for the final out of the inning.
Cody Ross led off the top of the fifth with a home run to cut the Mets’ lead to 3-2. Rabelo drew a walk and Amezaga flied out to center fielder Beltran. Olsen went down on strikes and Ramirez drew a walk. Perez got Jacque Jones on a line drive to Beltran that closed out the inning. Reyes opened the bottom half with a homer to regain a two-run lead for the Mets. Castillo singled and Wright flied out to right fielder Ross. Olsen then got Beltran on a ground ball to third baseman Jorge Cantu for an inning-ending double play.
Cantu flied out to Beltran to begin the top of the sixth inning. Wes Helms drew a walk and Dan Uggla followed with an infield single. Ross connected for his second homer of the game to put the Marlins ahead, 5-4. Perez struck out Rabelo and retired Amezaga on a liner to Beltran to end the inning. Florida reliever Doug Waechter held the Mets to a leadoff double by Easley in a scoreless bottom half. For New York, Scott Schoeneweis set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. The Mets were then retired in order by the Marlins’ Renyel Pinto in the bottom of the inning.
Mets’ reliever Aaron Heilman fanned all three Florida hitters in the top of the eighth. Wright hit a single to lead off the bottom half. Beltran followed with a line drive to Cantu for the first out of the inning and Matt Lindstrom came in to pitch for the Fish. Easley grounded out to Cantu to move Wright to second base. Lindstrom struck out Tatis to finish off the inning. Heilman then retired the side in order in the top of the ninth.
Leading off the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Endy Chavez hit a game-tying home run against Marlins’ reliever Kevin Gregg. Evans grounded out to second baseman Uggla and pinch-hitter Carlos Delgado drew a walk. Reyes was retired on a pop-up to Uggla and a walk to Castillo ensued. Gregg then got Wright on a fly ball to Ross for the third out of the inning and to send the game onward.
Mets’ reliever Billy Wagner pitched a perfect top of the 10th. Florida’s Logan Kensing retired all three batters in the bottom half. Duaner Sanchez set down the Fish 1-2-3 in the top of the 11th and Chavez singled to open the bottom of the inning. Brian Schneider flied out to left fielder Jones and a sacrifice bunt by Sanchez sent Chavez to second base. Reyes was given an intentional walk and Kensing got Castillo on a liner to Amezaga to end the inning. With two outs in the top of the 12th, Amezaga homered to give the Marlins a 6-5 lead. Sanchez then retired pinch-hitter Mike Jacobs on a ground ball to third baseman Wright for the inning’s final out.
Wright drew a walk against Fish reliever Justin Miller to start the bottom of the 12th. Beltran singled to advance Wright to third base and Miller struck out Easley. Tatis followed with a double that brought home Wright and Beltran with the tying and winning runs. The Mets had an exciting come-from-behind victory in extra innings.