Three For Three. Umpire Review Goes in Mets Favor

Jonathan RagusCorrespondent IMay 27, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  Gary Sheffield #10 of the New York Mets bats against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on May17, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

For every Met fan who complained late last summer that instalating the replay rule was a bad idea,  I think there’s been a change of heart. The last three days, the Mets have had three home run calls ruled in their favor. Two of them being critical to the Mets winning the game.

Gary Sheffield came up in the sixth with two men on against lefty John Lannan and poked a moonshot that would have landed in the upper deck of any banbox. This park being CitiField, the ball was just inches from going over the wall.

A fan thought he had a souvenir, but he bobbled the ball causing it to fall short of the line. The third base umpire waved the finger and called it gone, but Nats manager Manny Acta saw it differently. After the umpires took an elongated coffee break figuring out the call, it was deemed a dinger. From that point on, I think the fans at Citi wished it were complementary pillow night.

Here the umpires are debating how much of the fans time they will decide to waste this evening.

Here the umpires are debating how much of the fans time they will decide to waste this evening.

John Maine, who piched superb in his six innings, got a pinch-hitter to take his spot in the home half of the sixth. His night was finished, but the rest of the night had just begun.

Bobby Parnell (who Met broadcasters have deemed “Bobby 100″ thanks to his fastball) came in to pitch the seventh inning and was ineffective for one of the first times this season. His fastball had the life, but not the smooth command we’ve seen him operate with. Three walks, a hit, and a run with getting only one batter out was how it went for Bobby before being taken out.

The game was inching along like a snail in quicksand.  Jerry made his oh so famous switch-a-roo with Pedro Feliciano as he got to see just one batter. A night of normalcy for him. Then J.J. Putz came in early to finish the seventh.

By the time the inning ended, you could have bought a pulled pork sandwich at Blue Smoke, played on the wiffle ball field, hit the bathroom twice, and gotten a shake at the shake shack. You’d be back in your seat to see the bottom half of the inning.

KRod jumps for joy that he can finally head to bed for the night.

KRod jumps for joy that he can finally head to bed for the night.

To get to the eighth however, you could of taken a cab to midtown by the time that happened. Home plate umpire Larry Vanover’s strike zone was the size of a ping pong ball.

Anything remotely high, outside, or on the corner was called a ball. Daniel Cabrera threw 15 of his 25 pitches for balls before loading the bases and being taken out. The Mets couldn’t even make up for all the wasted time the fans sat in the seats. Tatis grounded out with two away to end the snoring for the time being.

J.J. Putz came back out in the 8th. I think you could see some moss growing on his little chin beard. He added two walks to the Mets total as the parking lot started to clear out. No further runs were allowed in the game, but K-Rod would pitch for a one-walk save in the ninth as the Mets eventually won the game.

The final amount of total walks in this game between both teams was 16. Nine from the Mets and seven by the Nationals. Eleven of these walks given up in the bottom of the sixth or after. It was a bad Memorial Day game to bring Grandpa to that’s for sure.

Injury prognosis after tonight is a little better. Ryan Church was available to pinch hit and more than likely will return tomorrow. Jose Reyes is still aching a bit. Manuel says he will try to start him if he feels fine at 90%, but if hasn’t made the line-up by Friday, he’ll more than likely see the disabled list.

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