A few observations on tonight’s game

Posted: June 28, 2009 in Odds and Sods

rolaidsI’ll be leaving here shortly to pick my wife up from the airport, so it’s unlikely I’ll have any postgame analysis until sometime tomorrow. I know, all two of my loyal readers will be upset, but that’s the way it is.
Looks like Murphy’s defensive blunders will cost the Mets the game, although he wasn’t charged with an error on either one. Jeter leads off the game with a double, then Nick Swisher hits a grounder to Murph, who foolishly tried to get Jeter at third. What was worse is he double-pumped on the throw, losing any chance he had of getting him (not that he should have been throwing there in the first place). In the first inning, you take the sure out, I don’t know how major-league players can have brain locks like this, they’ve been playing the game their whole lives. Mark Teixiera promptly doubles in two runs and after a walk to A-Rod, Robinson Cano hits into what could have been a double play, but Murphy couldn’t hang on to the throw at first. The Yanks score their third run on a sac fly. It’s these little fundamental mistakes that will kill a baseball team.
On to the good: Livan Hernandez pitched a great game, and although he was charged with three earned runs in seven innings, it could have easily been one (as previously noted). Fernando Martinez made a nice sliding catch to rob Chien-Ming Wang of a hit in the second, also delivering an RBI double off the wall to give the Mets their first run. It’s 3-2 in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs. Sean Green just walked A-Rod and I need a TUMS…..
UPDATE: Green got out of it, as Cano smashed a two-hopper to second to strand the bases loaded. This could be the Mets’ best chance, with Wright and Sheff due up in the eighth. Mariano Rivera is sitting on 499 saves, so the Mets had better get moving.
FINAL UPDATE: F-Mart just chased a pitch over his head for a strikeout, Rivera enters the game with runners on first and second and two outs. He’s four outs away from his 500th save and Omir Santos is due up. He homered to win a game off Papelbon earlier this season. Could he do it again off Rivera? I’m off to pick up my wife and listen to the last inning-plus on the radio….LET’S GO METS!

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