Game #118: Mets Pen Implodes

Shea Stadium | 1:10 | Duke vs. Pedro Martinez | Box
Pedro Martinez left with a lead and wound up with a no decision. The future Hall of Famer had little difficulty with a Pirates line up that was missing Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson. He allowed just three hits and walked four in six innings. The Bucs got just one run off him.
In the meantime, the Mets got off to a quick start against Zach Duke when David Wright clubbed a three run tater in the first. Robinson Cancel, who is playing in the Show this year after being absent since 1999, hit his first career homer in the sixth to give the Mets a 5-1 lead.
Exit Pedro. Enter trouble. The Mets used five pitchers who combined to give up six runs over the final three frames. The Bucs scored three times in the 9th to win it. Ryan Doumit tied it with a single and Steve Pearce singled home two runs to put the Bucs ahead for good.
Denny Bautista tossed a scoreless 8th for the win. John Grabow picked up the save. The loser was Aaron Heilmann.
On a sour note, the Pirates committed three errors.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Making up the 4/28/08 rainout with some matinee ball in Shea.
It’ll be a family affar as Denny Bautista’s slightly better known cousin will toe the rubber for the Mets. He is Pedro Martinez.
Don’t know if we are watching Pedro’s career wind to a close. He has had trouble staying healthy in recent years and this year he hasn’t been very effective. His ERA in 2008 is 5.79 and his record stands at 3-3. His last start was 6-1/3 innings and it was his longest start of the year.
Pedro is 9-4 against the Pirates in his career. He has not pitched against the Buccos since 2006. The Bucs are hitting collectively less than .200 off of Pedro. Freddy Sanchez has the lone long ball.
Two months ago, Zach Duke was 4-4. Since then he has lost six straight decisions – including his last five starts – and had his ERA jump by over one run. Duke has not chucked against the Mets since 2006. But, he is 2-0 in three career starts with a 1.77 ERA.
The Mets are just 13-53 against Duke with one extra base hit. Endy Chavez (3-4) and David Wright (3-9) are the only Mets with more than two knocks off of Duke.

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