September 6th, 2011
by Andrew Rizzi

Nick Evans has had a great couple of weeks, and his play may have cemented him a spot on the 2012 roster.

In a game that ended 6 hours after it was scheduled to start, the Mets scored 3 runs in the 12th inning and defeated the Marlins 7-4 in front of roughly 85 people at Sun Life Stadium. Nick Evans scorched his 3rd go-ahead RBI hit of the night in that 12th to give the Mets the lead for good, Jose Reyes added a run scoring single, and Lucas Duda walked with the bases loaded for insurance.

Josh Stinson came in to finish the job and did so without a sweat, mowing down the Fish 1-2-3 for his first career Major League save. Stinson made it look easy what Bobby Parnell failed miserably trying to do.

Parnell was one out away from locking down his 6th save in the 9th inning, with one man on and a 2-run lead. But he walked Logan Morrison, and then gave up a rocket to former Met Mike Cameron that short hopped the wall and scored the tying runs. It was Parnell’s 2nd blown save of the season.

The Mets got another quality start from their new 40-year old pitcher- Miguel Batista made his 2nd career start as a Met, and for the 2nd time threw a heck of a game. He tossed 6 innings after a lengthy rain delay, allowed only one run, and left the game leading 2-1 in line for his 2nd straight win in orange and blue.

But Manny Acosta, who has been so solid of late, couldn’t hold the lead and allowed the Fish to tie it at 2 on a Greg Dobbs double. Acosta was let down by his defense as Angel Pagan booted a single by Emilio Bonafacio. Bonafacio eventually scored on the Dobbs hit.

The fiesty Mets came right back and re-took the lead in the 8th, and to Pagan’s credit he quickly answered for his defensive gaffe. Pagan doubed in the 8th inning, and eventually scored the go-ahead run on a Nick Evans single. Pagan then added an insurance run in the 9th with an RBI double, but Parnell blew the lead.

Justin Turner and Nick Evans drove in the first two runs for the Mets on singles in the 5th and 6th, respectively. Ryota Igarashi picked up his 4th win, while Jose Ceda took the loss.

Three Up:

1) Nick Evans- He stays red hot! Evans  had 3 RBI hits, and all 3 gave the Mets the lead, including the game winner in the 12th. You really can’t do much more than Evans did tonight, and I am starting to think he could be a legitimate bench player for the 2012 Mets.

2) Justin Turner- The Red Rocket had a very nice night at the plate, going 3-4 with an RBI.

3) Miguel Batista- Clearly this guy is purely a stop gap, but so far he has done a hell of a job. I wish him the best wherever he ends up in 2012… as long as it isn’t in the Mets rotation.

Three Down:

1) Bobby Parnell- He should get the rest of the season to prove he can be a closer, but so far I am not sold on Parnell. He has the stuff physically, but he just seems mentally fragile. WHen you get 2 outs you have to close the door, and tonight Parnell could not do that.

2) David Wright- DW went 0-6 at the dish, and made an error in the 11th that nearly cost the Mets the game. Luckily… it didn’t.

3) Marlins Fans- Just a disgraceful job by the Miami fans tonight. This was the smallest baseball crowd I have seen since the final season at Olympic Stadium. At the end of this game there were seriously less than 500 people in the stands, and more than half of those were Mets fans.

Rizzi’s Rants:

- This is the most unhappy I have been with a Mets win all season. I am glad they won, but it was a meaningless game and now I am going to bed MUCH later than expected. Why couldn’t Parnell have locked this thing down 2 hours ago?

- Miguel Batista got out of two separate bases loaded, one out jams, and for a 40-year old has looked very good in his spot starts. Maybe he can find his way onto a Major League roster next year as well.

- Josh Stinson can PITCH. I want to see a LOT more of this guy before the season ends. I am very intrigued.

- Jose Reyes bobbled a grounder from Omar Infante that would have ended the 5th inning. Greg Dobbs followed with an RBI double, proving the error to be costly.

- Justin Turner drove in the first run the same way he has been doing it all year- with an opposite field liner to right.

- In the 7th inning of a one run game, Angel Pagan nonchalantly went after a single by Emilio Bonafacio and tried to bare hand it off the bounce. The ball got away, and the speedy Bonafacio went to 2nd on Pagan’s 10th error. It was an unacceptable misplay from Pagan, and a total lack of effort. Angel’s superb defensive play from 2010 has become inconsistent mediocrity in 2011, and it may cost him a spot on this team come next year.

- With 2 outs in the 10th Jose Reyes blooped a hit into center field. He tried to stretch it into a double, but Cameron gunned him out. Can’t fault the hustle, but maybe Reyes should have just taken the single and tried to steal second base there.

- In the 11th inning Bryan Petersen hit a bloop down the line that David Wright dropped, and it nearly ended the game. It probably WOULD HAVE if Mike Cameron was running, but Jack Mckeon pinch ran for Cameron with the slow-footed former catcher/current pitcher Chris Hatcher. At the time it seemed to be inexplicable, but we later found out Cameron had a tight hammy.

- Mets pitchers walked a season high 10 batters, and hit a batter as well.

- Jose Reyes started the night 0-3, but ended it 3-6 and re-took the lead in the NL batting race.

- I need some sleep. Good-freaking-night.

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2 Responses to “Stinson Finishes What Parnell Couldn’t in Wild Mets Win”

  1. Alexiz Says:

    Agree. Kudos to PP for ptiosng these. They’ve all been clear writing that get the experience across. Really fills in the observational part for these who can’t make it to see these teams. I’ll be away on vacation when Lehigh Valley comes to Durham, But should be able to get to Greensboro (just an hour down 85) to write that up. Hopefully, there will be a couple new guys from Williamsport and XST brought up to report on.

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