Sunday, July 03, 2005
7/2 - Marlins 7, Mets 3
When Carlos Beltran failed to run out an infield pop up in the third inning, it seemed to be a blip on the screen, a bump in the road to another win. (Marlins first baseman Carlos "The One That Got Away" Delgado realized that the infield fly rule was not in effect, so he let Beltran's bloop drop in front of him and started a 3-6-3 double play by throwing to second to force out a confused Jose Reyes.) Kris Benson was cruising and Beltran redeemed himself with a 2-run double, breaking up a 1-1 tie in the fifth. It looked like the kind of game the Mets have been winning this year: good pitching and just enough offense. Turns out that Beltran's blunder was a taste of things to come. Benson gave up four runs in the sixth, thanks in part to Jose Offerman, the Mets first baseman of the day, dropping a throw that should have sealed an inning-ending double play. (How many guys are going to play first for the Mets before the year is over? Mientkiewicz, Woodward, Daubach, Offerman...Didn't Marlon Anderson play there, too? Now there's talk of Victor Diaz moving to first after a bit of training at Triple A Norfolk). Royce Ring added insult to injury by coughing up two runs in the seventh.