Mets' rookie reliever Carlos Muniz was seen earlier in the day, walking to the bullpen while carrying his pink backpack. As a joke, the veterans make Muniz, who was recently called up from Triple-A New Orleans, carry the backpack around.
The ninth inning on Wednesday, was no joking matter. Muniz was brought in to face the heart of the St. Louis Cardinals' lineup.
Albert Pujols, perhaps the most feared hitter in the NL, stepped in the box, and Muniz got him to pop out to shallow left field.
Next up was pitcher turned slugger Rick Ankiel. The powerful lefty gave the Mets a scare, as he hit a high fly ball which Carlos Beltran caught at the wall in right-center.
Muniz and Troy Glaus then battled to a 3-2 count. In the end, Muniz left a 91-mph fastball over the plate and Glaus hammered it over the left field wall for the walk-off win.
The Cardinals went to work early, going up 4-0 in the first inning behind a Troy Glaus three-run homer.
But Pedro Martinez settled in after the rocky first. He didn't allow a hit for the next 3.2 innings, and even continued pitching after a rain delay in the third.
The Mets seemed destined to pickup their first win when trailing by more than two runs. They cut the lead to one in the third thanks to an RBI double by Carlos Beltran, and a two-RBI single by Damion Easley.
New York tied the game the following inning when Jose Reyes tripled, then scored on an Endy Chavez sacrifice fly.
Rick Ankiel hit a solo home run, his 17th of the season, with two outs in the fifth to put St. Louis back in the lead.
The Mets refused to give up though, and put up three runs in the seventh. Carlos Delgado, Damion Easley, and Fernando Tatis each picked up an RBI in the inning. Two of the runs came off of former starter Mark Mulder.
The crucial inning in the game proved to be the eighth. With one out, David Wright hit a triple off the wall in right-center. However, Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church failed to bring him home for an insurance run.
In the bottom half, Aaron Heilman, who had pitched the seventh, plunked Ryan Ludwick to start the half inning. Jerry Manuel went to the bullpen and brought in lefty Pedro Feliciano.
Pinch hitter Chris Duncan hit Feliciano's first pitch out of the ballpark to tie the game and set the stage for Glaus' winner in the ninth.
With the loss, the Mets still stand as the only team in the majors to be winless in games they trailed by three or more runs.
A bright spot in the game for the Mets, was Damion Easley. Easley went 3-for-4 with three RBI while filling in for Luis Castillo at second base. It will be interesting to see who gets the start at second tomorrow.
The Mets look to leave St. Louis with a split as they send Mike Pelfery (5-6, 4.47) to mound against the Cardinals' Mitchell Boggs (3-0, 4.37).
Player of the Game: Troy Glaus— 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI