Before the game, Omir Santos was not sure of his future with the Mets. Brian Schneider is scheduled to come off the DL tomorrow, creating a surplus of catchers.
Santos, however, merely went out and provided all of New York’s offense in their 2-1 win over the Florida Marlins.
However, before Santos’s heroics took place, another young Met had a pretty good game of his own.
Mike Pelfrey went 7 2/3 innings, giving up just one earned run and he was excellent all night long. Instead of just pounding sinkers inside, he mixed his pitches very well, utilizing his fastball, sinker and breaking pitches better than he ever has in his career.
In a nod to an old-fashioned style of pitching, he didn’t use his curveball once until he got to the top of the Florida lineup for the third time. That kept things fresh and allowed him to use a new weapon while pitching deep into a game.
Pelfrey ran into a little trouble in the third, but escaped, albeit somewhat controversially.
Emilio Bonifacio hit a line drive to center field that Carlos Beltran appeared to have caught. Marlins runners were confused, as were most on-lookers and Beltran immediately threw to second base to double off Jeremy Hermida.
A closer look on SNY TV showed that the ball did appear to be trapped by Beltran, as Gary Cohen cited the possibility that the ball caught some grass as well as some of the glove of Beltran.
Controversy aside, the Marlins scored in the next inning on a sacrifice fly hit by Dan Uggla. It was all Pelfrey would allow.
The stage was set for Santos, as he came to bat in the fifth inning against rookie starter Sean West, who was also superb in this game.
On an 0-2 pitch, Santos caught hold of a mistake pitch left up in the zone and he sent a towering drive into the left field seats to tie the game.
The Mets had other opportunities in this game that they could not capitalize on. In the bottom of the eighth, they loaded the bases with one out, but David Wright struck out swinging and Fernando Tatis flied out to right to end the threat.
The Marlins had Chris Coghlan on third with two outs in the 11th, but Ronny Paulino, hitting for John Baker, flied out to center. It was then time for Omir Santos to deliver once more.
It only seems like Gary Sheffield has been in the middle of every run the Mets have scored recently, but he kicked off the party in the 11th inning with a base hit.
After Wright struck out, Sheffield took off for second base, stealing the bag and forcing a wild throw by the catcher, Paulino. The ball bounced into the outfield and Sheffield took third with one out.
Pitcher Brian Sanches then hit Tatis, bringing Santos to the plate. Santos lined a base hit into left, and the ball game was over.
After the game it was announced that Ramon Castro had been traded to the White Sox for right-hander Lance Broadway, ensuring Santos would stick around with the big club.
Tim Redding gets the call for New York tomorrow to face off against Marlins ace Josh Johnson. It’s a 1:10 p.m. start at Citi Field.
Mark Krulish is a contributor to HowBoutThemMets.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org