After pulling ahead 4-3 on a Yoenis Cespedes two-run homer in the seventh inning, Mets manager Terry Collins figured it would be a good idea to put newly acquired reliever Addison Reed into the game.
Well that didn’t work. After Sean Gilmartin gave up two lead-off singles, Reed let both men score, barely escaping the inning with somewhat limited damage.
In the top of the ninth, Kelly Johnson singled in pinch-runner Juan Lagares to tie up the game, sending it to the bottom of the ninth. Tyler Clippard shut down the Fish in the bottom half, forcing the game into extras.
After Collins failed at ruining the game with Reed, Terry decided to give it another shot, putting Eric O’Flaherty in with one out in the eleventh. Yes, the one with the seven-plus ERA. In a tied game. In extra innings. With expanded rosters, with perhaps ten better options. In a postseason race. Thus, the Mets NL East lead is now only five games.
Jonhson, Cespedes, and Travis d’Arnaud all had multi-hit games. Michael Conforto went 0-for-6 in his first time batting cleanup in the big leagues. David Wright went 0-for-5.
Game two of the series will be tomorrow at 7:10pm in Miami, as Bartolo Colon takes on Brad Hand in attempt to make a bid to stay in the tentative playoff rotation.