Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/8/14
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The New York Mets had their five-game win streak snapped with a 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on Friday night:

THIS ONE SUCKED: Frank Francisco entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning looking to close the door on the Marlins and secure the Mets sixth straight victory.  Instead, Francisco allowed two runs on three hits.

Francisco allowed  a lead off double to Giancarlo Stanton after jumping ahead 0-2 to start the at-bat.  The inability to put Stanton away would prove costly as the rightfielder was plated just two batters later on an Emilio Bonifacio single. Bonifacio wasted no time stealing second; although it should be noted the steal was clearly off of Francisco who does an awful job of holding runners.


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After John Buck struck out looking, Gregg Dobbs dunked a single in front of Lucas Duda platting Bonifacio with the game winner, as the Marlins gave the Mets a taste of their own medicine.  For Francisco, the blown save was his second in ten opportunities.

“That’s baseball,” Francisco said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “That’s going to happen. Hopefully it’s the last time. I can’t put that in my mind because I know how baseball goes. I don’t feel bad. I feel bad because we lost. But, personally, I know I was fighting out there. I leave everything I have out there for my team. We lost. But I don’t feel bad.”

OY VEY: After taking a two-run lead (5-3)  in the top half of the eighth, Jose Reyes hit a weak chopper down to first base that skipped over the glove of Ike Davis allowing the shortstop to reach base safely.  Omar Infante followed the one-out error with a double in the gap to plate Reyes and bring the Marlins to within one run.  Following the game, Davis spoke with reporters about the play, saying:

“I had a lot more time, so I just should have got in front of it and knocked it down. But it took a higher bounce than the one before and just got a little bit on my wrist and I missed it. … I was out of position, really, on it. I should have just knocked it down.

I ran in harder than usual to catch it. And then I slowed down because the ball was kind of like a changeup, and I just happened to misplay it. … Any time you let up an error late in the game it’s huge. I mean, it feels like every time — at least I do — it’s going to lead to runs. We still had a chance to win the game. But it doesn’t help when I give up a run, you know? We’re up two in the eighth, and the error was definitely a momentum swinger.”

Reyes was involved in a similar play to start the game when he drilled a long fly ball to centerfield that — in my opinion — should have been caught by Andres Torres.  The Miami scorekeeper rewarded Jose with a triple, but the it seemed as if Torres should have made the play.  Reyes was plated one batter later to give the Marlins the early 1-0 lead.

 

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PUT ME IN COACH: Trailing 3-2, the Mets rallied to score three runs on three hits in the top half of the eighth.  Two of the three base knocks came from pinch hitters Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Mike Baxter.  With David Wright on third, Nieuwenhuis pinch hit for Scott Hairston and drilled an RBI double to deep rightfield.  After back-to-back walks loaded the bases, Baxter was called upon to pinch hit for Mike Nickeaus.  The NY native delivered a two-run double to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.

Baxter is proving to be a very valuable piece for the Mets, as he picked up his sixth pinch hit on the season.  Mike is now 6-for-15 with three runs batted in off the bench:

THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW: The Mets will look to even the series at one game a piece as they send R.A. Dickey to the mound to face Ricky Nolasco tomorrow at 1:05 pm in Miami.

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