Final Score: Mets 5, Marlins 1
Player of the Game: Jason Bay- 2-for-4, first-inning grand slam
Goat of the Game: Scott Hairston- 0-for-4, 2 K
Jason Bay hit a grand slam. I know, I know, it sounds ridiculous, but it actually happened! The struggling Bay, who was hitting .152 coming into today’s game in Miami, had been hitting .120 since returning from a concussion in July and lost a big chunk of his playing time. Normally on days when Bay is playing I can pencil him in the “Goat of the Game” section, but the grand slam came as a huge shocker.
Bay’s grand slam was part of a five-run first inning off Mark Buehrle, who just had a rough inning. Before Bay’s home run, David Wright grounded out with Ronny Cedeno scoring on the play. After the first, the Mets were in control with the five-run lead.
Chris Young took the mound for the Mets, looking to bounce back after a very inconsistent month of August. He was solid, shutting the Marlins down in five innings. He threw a ton of pitches (94 in five innings) but he got the job done. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out three and walking one.
After Young, Terry Collins called upon the suddenly-dominant bullpen to close out the game. The bullpen has been great over the past week and was again this afternoon. Bobby Parnell threw a five-pitch sixth inning. Josh Edgin walked a batter and allowed a hit, but got out unscathed. He has been very consistent, definitely earning a role on next year’s team. If used correctly, he could be a staple in the Mets bullpen for quite a while. After Edgin, Jon Rauch tossed a scoreless eighth, striking out two Marlins. Finally, it was Frank Francisco closing out his fourth consecutive one-two-three inning.
- Bay had two hits today after getting only five in the month of August. He also had a diving effort going after a foul ball in the bottom of the second. He went all-out, but couldn’t catch it. You’ve got to respect this guy’s hustle. Even though he has underachieved at the plate with the Mets, he has always hustled.
- Justin Turner and Andres Torres each had two hits as well. However, Torres is still batting a meager .227 on the season.
- Josh Edgin pitched today after a few well-deserved days off. Edgin has been worked very hard by Terry Collins and being the only lefty in the bullpen, has taken quite a beating. He got three days off this week. It will be important in the future to keep Edgin fresh.