September 28, 2008: Mets Eliminated in Shea Finale
|Date: September 28, 2008|
|Mets starter: Oliver Perez|
|Winning pitcher: Joe Nelson|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Wes Helms, Dan Uggla|
|Key play: Helms' & Uggla's homers in 8th|
The Mets and Marlins concluded the regular season with the final game ever at Shea Stadium. Tied with the Brewers for the top spot in the National League Wild Card, the Mets were hopeful of extending their season at least another day. However, the Marlins came away with a 4-2 win to eliminate the Mets from a post-season berth.
Oliver Perez and Florida's Scott Olsen each pitched scoreless ball for the first five innings. In the top of the sixth, the Marlins got two runs when John Baker singled home Cameron Maybin and reliever Joe Smith walked Josh Willingham with the bases loaded. The Mets then tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Carlos Beltran's two-run homer off Olsen.
Neither team scored in the seventh against relievers Brian Stokes and the Marlins' Joe Nelson. In the top of the eighth, Wes Helms and Dan Uggla led off with back-to-back homers off the Mets' Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala, respectively, to give Florida a two-run lead. The Mets then put two runners on base with two out in the bottom of the inning before Carlos Delgado lined out to left field to end the inning.
After the news of the Brewers' win was reported, the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Florida closer Matt Lindstrom began the inning by retiring David Wright and Endy Chavez. Lindstrom then issued a walk to Damion Easley, but got Ryan Church on a fly ball to center fielder Maybin for the final out. The Mets were eliminated in the last game at Shea. It was also the second straight year that the Marlins defeated the Mets at Shea in the season finale to deny them the post-season.