Sunday afternoon Mets’ fans were five outs away from something they had never seen before, four pitches later they saw something they have seen far too often. Pedro Martinez took a no-hitter into the eighth inning before surrendering a triple followed by a home run in a 2-1 loss.
Pedro was brilliant as he gave up only those two hits, walked only one batter and struck out five. Unfortunately, Pedro’s dominance coincided with another bad day for the Mets’ offense. The Mets managed ten hits, but could never collect the big one they needed. Pedro Martinez bunted into a double play and Marlon Anderson was cut down at home with the tying run in the ninth. All in all, it was a frustrating day at the ballpark.
The Mets now return home from their awful trip to California. Besides going 2-4, they lost two of their outfielders to a horrific collision. Mike Cameron underwent successful surgery this weekend, though his return in 2005 is questionable at best and Carlos Beltran's return date is currently unknown. At 59-58 the Mets are still only four games out of a playoff spot and must beat up on the anemic Pirates and free-falling Nationals this week if they want to stay in the race.
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