This game had some incredible moments in the ninth… The Mets put together a four run rally with two outs in the ninth. So much for the Mets not putting up offense late in the game. Then Luis Ayala almost gave the lead back in the bottom of the frame. What a game!
The Mets went into the ninth inning down 2-1 against the Marlins closer Kevin Gregg. Quickly down to their last out, the Mets put together singles by Luis Castillo, and David Wright, Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch, and Carlos Beltran blasted the first pitch he saw into the right field seats. It was only the Mets second grand slam this season but couldn’t have been more timely.
After another solid game by Oliver Perez, 6 IP and 1 ER, Brian Stokes and Joe Smith held the Marlins lead in check going into the ninth. After Beltran’s fireworks, Luis Ayala the de facto closer came in to shut the door. He barely did it… giving up four hits and two runs in the inning. He also left two men on base and had several balls hit very hard that went foul. Talk about sweating out the ninth.
It turned out the be a great win though because the Phillies lost and the Mets extend their lead to 2 games in the NL East.