The New York Mets had just dropped a tough series against the Miami Marlins and were heading home to face the Milwaukee Brewers. They were preparing for what could be a bad start from Miguel Batista, and were contemplating removing Frank Francisco from his closer position. Frank Francisco, brought in this past offseason to close out games, is 1-3 with a 8.59 earned run average and a few blown saves. Yet, everything seemed to fall into place.
The New York Mets sent Miguel Batista to the mound in the first game of the two game series trying to get back on track. He didn’t disappoint. He pitched seven shutout innings on the way of getting a win. The New York Mets took the lead in the first inning on a Daniel Murphy run-scoring single and then never looked back. They tacked on another run in the sixth inning with a perfectly executed suicide squeeze, and another in the eighth inning on a wacky play in itself. That third run shouldn’t have scored, but an error by Aramis Ramirez allowed David Wright to come in to take on some insurance.
After Batista’s stellar start, the New York Mets went to the bullpen in the 8th, hoping for them to hold the lead. Tim Byrdak did his job, retiring the batter he faced. Bobby Parnell did his part too, retiring the two batters he faced for a 1-2-3 inning in the 8th. Then it came time for the New York Mets to turn to Frank Francisco. He got into trouble early in the ninth, and the New York Mets quickly got up Jon Rauch in case Francisco had another implosion. After giving up a run, and putting the tying runs on, Francisco was able to settle down. A strikeout and a fly ball to right finished off the Brewers.
The New York Mets needed to rebound after the tough loss in Miami. Frank Francisco needed to rebound too. This was a huge game for both.