It Could Be Worse

June 30, 2009

In the top of the ninth inning of last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, David Wright was at the plate with a runner on second and one out. Wright, who is currently leading the National League in hitting, is struggling. Prior to that at-bat, the Mets third baseman had just one hit in his last eighteen at-bats to go along with six strikeouts. Looking at the current Mets active roster, it’s easy to see their limitations in giving any of their everyday players a day off. With that said, all Wright can do is work his way out of it. Fortunately for him, he did. Wright smacked the next pitch for a double to left scoring Daniel Murphy from second giving the Mets offense some much needed help.

The next batter due up for the Mets was cleanup hitter Gary Sheffield. His final at-bat produced a two-run home run that landed into the highest deck in left-center field at Miller Park. As Sheffield rounded the bases with his tenth home run of the season, a Brewers fan proceeded to throw the ball back into the field of play. No love lost though because the Mets had just equaled the total amount of runs they scored throughout the weekend series against the Yankees, three. Before you get your hopes up, the score at this point is Milwaukee, 10, and the Mets, 6. The Mets next two hitters, Ryan Church (4 for 5) and Fernando Martinez (2 for 5), both managed to reach base safely in the ninth inning with one out. Alright, the probability of them staging a comeback is highly unlikely. Adding Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman via pitching change doesn’t help matters, either.

To make a long story short, catcher Brian Schneider swung at the first pitch and hit into a game-ending double play before the tune of Hell Bells even had a chance to fade out. Hoffman earns career save number 572, the Mets fall under five hundred and end the night behind the Florida Marlins in third place.

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