New York Future Star indeed!
At least for one night, as unlikely hero Omir Santos scraped the top of the green monster with a fly ball double that, after replay review, was ruled a two-run homer which gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Santos now has 15 RBI in 63 AB.
J.J. Putz then came on to close the game out, and while the television cameras searched futilely for any sign of Met closer Francisco Rodriguez in the ballpark, Putz’s 97 mph fastballs proved too much for the Red Sox and the Mets now find themselves on the verge of a series sweep, after having been swept out of Los Angeles.
Josh Beckett got in Mike Lowell’s way on a Gary Sheffield foul pop up, and the ball fell to the ground extending Sheffield’s at bat. Shortly thereafter Sheffield hit an RBI single, plating Carlos Beltran from second base and the Mets had an early 1-0 lead.
Mike Pelfrey promptly gave the lead away, giving up a two-run single to Kevin Youkilis in the bottom of the first inning. No more runs would score until the top of the 9th. Beckett recovered from Sheffield’s RBI single in the first to retire twelve straight batters. He allowed only 4 more baserunners before leaving after 8 innings. Pelfrey matched Beckett until he left after the 7th, and Pedro Feliciano not wanting to be embarrassed threw a scoreless 8th himself. That set up the 9th inning drama.
Jonathan Papelbon came on for the save but walked Sheffield to start the 9th. Two strikeouts later, Omir Santos stepped up to the plate and carved his place in the hearts and minds of Met fans everywhere, but especially those that made the trip to Fenway.
When summoned to pitch the 8th inning in his normal set up role, J.J. Putz often looks like this. But when called upon in a save situation, his adrenaline flows and he makes it happen. Unlike Papelbon, he overcame a leadoff walk and despite the scary line drive off the bat of J.D. Drew which was caught in right field, he finished off the Red Sox for his second save as a Met.
touchin’ me, touchin’ you.
Ugh. You guys can keep it.
Box score courtesy of Yahoo.com
|D. Murphy 1b||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.248|
|A. Pagan rf||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.316|
|C. Beltran dh||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.364|
|G. Sheffield lf||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.260|
|D. Wright 3b||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.353|
|J. Reed cf||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.317|
|O. Santos c||4||1||2||2||0||0||0||.270|
|R. Martinez ss||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.100|
|L. Castillo 2b||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.274|
|J. Ellsbury cf||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.298|
|D. Pedroia 2b||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.327|
|D. Ortiz dh||3||0||0||0||1||2||4||.201|
|K. Youkilis 1b||3||0||1||2||1||0||1||.388|
|J. Bay lf||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.287|
|J.D. Drew rf||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|M. Lowell 3b||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|J. Varitek c||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.248|
|N. Green ss||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.303|
|P. Feliciano (W, 1-1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.65|
|J.J. Putz (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.75|
|J. Papelbon (L, 0-1; BS, 1)||1.0||1||2||2||1||2||1||1.80|
|Pitches-strikes – M Pelfrey 111-70; P Feliciano 13-8; J Putz 15-9; J Beckett 117-78; J Papelbon 15-9.|
|Ground balls-fly balls – M Pelfrey 12-3; P Feliciano 1-1; J Putz 2-1; J Beckett 8-11; J Papelbon 0-1.|
|Batters faced – M Pelfrey 27; P Feliciano 3; J Putz 4; J Beckett 30; J Papelbon 5.|
|Umpires: HP–Joe West. 1B–Ed Rapuano. 2B–Chad Fairchild. 3B–Paul Nauert.
Time: 2:49. (Plus unknown delay totaling 0 minutes in the 9th).
Weather: 55 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, right to left.