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Monday, May 18, 2009

E, Mets: Dodgers 3, Mets 2 (11 Innings)

The Dodgers had this game more or less handed to them, what with the Mets' shocking five errors, including the game-losing one to finish the contest. Jeremy Reed threw away what should have been an inning-ending 3-2-3 or 3-2-1 double play ball with the bases loaded and one out, and turned it into a walkoff error for the Dodgers. Given all the multitudinous scratches the Mets had to contend with, it was unsurprising; two of the errors came from the substituted players, Reed playing at an unaccustomed first base, and the iffy Ramon Martinez at short.

This comes close to being a low-water mark for New York. Vinny made the comment that you'd have to look back to the Casey Stengel-era Mets for such a bad show, but the truth is much nearer at hand. Only two years ago, the Mets had a six-error game on September 16, 2007, in which Oliver Perez and Guillermo Mota combined for four unearned runs, the margin of victory for the Phillies in a 10-6 loss. Paul Lo Duca, Jeff Conine, Jose Reyes, Luis Castillo, and Moises Alou all contributed at least one gaffe (Reyes had two). The Mets famously went 5-9 the rest of the way, losing the division on the last day of the season, while the Phils went 9-4. It was oddly symbolic.

The Dodgers scratched out two runs in the first against Tim Redding, making his first start of the season, but did nothing thereafter until the 11th, when the aforesaid error struck the Mets down. There was something terribly ironic about a pitcher with a sub-1.00 ERA (Brian Stokes) getting the loss for his trouble.

Postscript: Jon also mentions a play that I missed but Helen mentioned:

New York had made three errors in the first nine innings, but still forced extras after Gary Sheffield squirted a jam-shot, seeing-eye single to tie the game in the top of the eighth inning off Cory Wade, who tried gamely to preserve a strong 7 2/3 innings by Dodger starter Randy Wolf. And it looked like the Mets had the upper hand when Angel Pagan lofted a two-out, 11th-inning deep fly ball to the gap in right-center field, sending Ryan Church cruising around the bases.

But two rather remarkable things happened: Church failed to step on third base, and everyone who mattered saw it. Reserve third baseman Mark Loretta called for the ball, and third-base umpire Mike DiMuro ruled Church out on the appeal play (score it 8-6-5 in your scorebook, with Pagan's triple reduced to a single).

"I don't have anything else to do but look at third base, and he obviously missed it," Loretta said on Prime Ticket.

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