This one was all about Omir.
The New York Mets (27-20) beat the Florida Marlins (22-27) by a score of 2-1 in 11 innings.
Mike Pelfrey was brilliant again. 7 2-3 innings for Pelfrey, with only five hits and one walk. He struck out six and lowered his ERA to 3.88 by allowing only one earned run. The one run came in the fourth after Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff triple. Dan Uggla drove him in with a sacrifice fly.
Bobby Parnell finished out the 8th inning with runners on first and second by getting Uggla to groundout to second base. Francisco Rodriguez logged a 1-2-3 scoreless inning. J.J. Putz turned in 1 2-3 innings, walking one and striking out one. Pedro Feliciano came on and finished out the 11th.
Omir Santos, threatened by demotion with the imminent return of Brian Schneider, did it all for the Mets.
With the team down one run in the fifth inning, Santos knocked a solo home run down the left field line to tie up the game.
In the bottom of the 11th, Gary Sheffield led off with a single to left field. With Fernando Tatis batting, Sheffield kept getting checked at first base. Marlins pitcher Brian Sanches kept throwing over to first to keep Sheffield close. After a few throw-overs, Sheffield took off for second. The throw from Ronnie Paulino went wide and nicked some leather before heading into centerfield. Sheffield trotted to third.
Tatis was hit by a pitch on the very next pitch, bringing Santos to the plate. Again, on the next pitch, a single to left field off the bat of Santos chased home Sheffield and brought home the win for the Mets.
That was something special. No way can the Mets send down Santos after tonight’s performance. I think Mets fans will be bidding adieu to Ramon Castro.