The Mets should be very happy this game finished too late to make the papers back in New York.
The Los Angeles Dodgers (27-13) beat the New York Mets (21-17) by a score of 3-2 in 11 innings.
Tim Redding battled through a tough first inning, but recovered nicely. Redding allowed two runs in the first on one hit, one walk and one hit batsmen. Over the next five innings, Redding only allowed one hit. Redding walked four in the game, but surprised many with a strong start.
Bobby Parnell, J.J. Putz, Sean Green and Pedro Feliciano each turned in scoreless innings in relief. Brian Stokes also turned in a sparkling 10th inning.
Everything fell apart in the 11th. Two errors led to the bases loaded with none out for the Dodgers. The Mets brought Carlos Beltran in as a fifth infielder and got one out before Stokes induced a groundball to Jeremy Reed at first base. Reed snagged the ball off the hop and threw home. Reed’s toss went well wide of Ramon Castro, allowing the winning run to score.
The Mets had five errors overall, two by Ramon Martinez at shortstop.
Another sloppy game the Mets deserved to lose. They practically handed this game away with their miscues in the field.
Randy Wolf’s 7 2-3 innings stymied the Mets. Angel Pagan shone at the plate tonight. Leading off, he knocked four hits, including a double and scored the tying run in the 8th inning. David Wright went 2-3 at the plate with two walks and two doubles. He also scored one run.
In the top of the 11th inning, Ryan Church singled with two outs. Pagan delivered with a deep drive to right center, allowing Church to chug all the way around from first to score. But Joe Torre and the Dodgers appealed at third base and Church was called out for missing the bag.
The Mets left 11 runners on base and outhit the Dodgers 11-5.