The New York Mets lost another heart breaker on Sunday afternoon as they were defeated in walk-off fashion by the Miami Marlins:
For the second time during this three-game weekend series, New York Mets closer Frank Francisco was given the task of protecting a ninth inning lead and failed.
With NY clinging to a 4-2 lead, Francisco entered the game to start the bottom half of the ninth and promptly allowed a lead off triple to Emilio Bonifacio. Francisco followed the Bonifacio triple by issuing a walk to John Buck. After being squeezed on the first two pitches of the at-bat lost, #48 lost his composure on the mound as the Mets closer was visible upset on the mound with the no-calls. Francisco’s night came to an end just one batter later, after allowing a single to Gregg Dobbs. However, before he exited the field Francisco had a few choice words for home plate umpire Todd Tichenor; who wasted no time ejecting Frankie from the game.
“All strikes,” Francisco told reporters following the game, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “I threw one a little high[er], because he didn’t call one at the knees. I threw a straight fastball right there. He didn’t call anything. And then I went a little higher to see. And he didn’t call the higher one. There’s nothing you can do about that. It’s their call. I feel like I should say something.”
Manny Acosta relieved Francisco and was no better. After Jose Reyes tied the game with a sac fly to center field. Acosta loaded the bases with a walk and hit-by-pitch before serving up a meatball down the heart of the plate to Giancarlo Stanton that the rightfielder blasted deep over the centerfield wall to complete the comeback.
Said manager Terry Collins after the game on the closer situation:
I’ve got eight options — or however many guys are down there. But I’m not going to address that right now. The emotions are running a little high tonight. That’s not a very good time to make a decision.”
Francisco fell to 1-3 on the year and saw his ERA rise to a putrid 8.56 ERA; allowing 13 earned runs on 20 hits and seven walks in 13 2/3 innings.
WASTED START: Jon Niese started for the Mets and tossed six scoreless innings as his efforts were rewarded with a no-decision.
GINGER MAGIC: Daniel Murphy got things going to start the ninth with an opposite field double before Ronny Cedeno walked to put runners on first and second. The Marlins opted to intentionally walk Mike Baxter to load the bases, prompting Mets manager Terry Collins to call upon Justin Turner to hit for reliever Jon Rauch. Turner, who owns the best at-bat of the Mets young season thus far — a thirteen pitch at-bat versus Heat Bell just two weeks prior — worked the count full against the Miami reliever before drilling a two-run go-ahead single down the right field line to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.
THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW: The Mets are back at it tomorrow as they host the Milwaukee Brewers for a two-game series at Citi Field. NY will send Miguel Batista to the mound to square off against Yovani Gallardo.
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