It's just one game, it's just one game. That's what Willie Randolph, the Mets, and all Mets fans have to be thinking right now. That or, "this season is going to be a disaster." After yesterday's heartbreaking 7-6 loss, the questions about the Mets' bullpen will only get louder. Pedro Martinez had a strong performance, three runs in six innings of work with twelve strikeouts, waisted, when Braden Looper gave up a game winning home run in the 9th.
Offensively, the Mets provided Martinez and the bullpen with a three run lead, but that wasn't enough. When Looper came in to "close" the game, the lead was already trimmed to two, but he quickly gave up not only the lead, but the game. Newsday has it right, calling it a 1-2-3 inning - a single for Austin Kearns, a home run for Adam Dunn, a game winning home run for Joe Randa.
Looking past the end of the game, the Mets have a lot to be positive about. Martinez's twelve K's were a Mets record for opening day and excluding the three run first inning, he looked dominant. Carlos Beltran was 3-5 with a home run and 3 RBI. Just two days ago, people were questioning the middle relief more than the closer, now there might be worries in the whole bullpen. Just one game, just one game.
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