Where did that come from?

Posted: August 18, 2009 in Mets

It seemed to be just another day at the office for the woeful Mets. Oliver Perez was struggling as usual, and what was worse he was doing it against the Braves and Derek Lowe, the guy the Mets really wanted to sign in the offseason but lost out when the Braves offered him a fourth year on his contract. Instead, Omar gives Ollie a three-year, $36 million deal, and we know the rest. Lowe cruised through the first three innings, and the Braves staked him to a 4-0 lead on homers by Matt Diaz and Adam LaRoche. Then, the unthinkable happened. The Mets’ usually pathetic offense exploded on Lowe in the bottom of the fourth for eight runs on 10 hits. Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo started the unlikely outburst with singles, each scoring on Gary Sheffield’s first double of the inning. A groundout by Daniel Murphy (who had the dubious distinction of making two of the three outs in the inning) moved Sheff to third, and he scored on Jeff Francoeur’s double (Francoeur had three hits on the day, and I continue to love what he’s brought to the squad, both offensively, defensively and with his flat-out hard-nosed play). Fernando Tatis came up with a man on second, meaning he couldn’t ground into a DP, so he instead grounded an RBI single to left, tying the score at 4. An Omir Santos single pushed him to third, and he scored on Anderson Hernandez’s RBI hit. Ollie got in the act with a single to load the bases, and after an Angel Pagan fielder’s choice plated the sixth run, Pagan stole second and scored on Castillo’s second hit of the frame, a two-run single to right. Perez worked the fifth for a hardly deserved win, but I’m sure he’ll take it. At least he walked only one batter. Elmer Dessens tossed two scoreless innings, followed by zeroes put up by Pedro Feliciano and Brian Stokes to end it. Every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit, and the Mets had 17 hits total, most of them singles of course. While the season is indeed lost, I would love for the Mets to show some spunk and take a few series against their NL East rivals. They’ve got the Braves for two more (Jair Jurrjens vs. Bobby Parnell on Wednesday night), the Phillies for four and then head on the road to take on the Marlins. Mets now 56-63 on the season, 12 1/2 back of the Phils in the NL East and 10 games back of the Rockies for the Wild Card, for those still scoring at home for some ungodly reason.

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