Chan Ho Park made his Met debut…and possibly his final appearance as a Met…all in one night Monday.
For the first 2.2/3 innings, we saw Chan “no-no” Park from Loge13, as the veteran pitcher kept the Marlins off-balance with mostly off-speed pitches.
But after Fish pitcher Scott Olsen laced the first hit, Park quickly collapsed. He walked the next two hitters, then gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera (that bounced out of 2B Easley’s glove), which scored two runs.
Park would yield three more runs before escaping the third. In all fairness, the defense didn’t help. Reyes botched a Willingham popup to short centerfield that was clearly Beltran’s ball. The consensus in Loge13 is that Beltran has been snake-bit on close fielding plays ever since the grotesque Cameron collision.
Park would allow seven runs before leaving the game in the 5th.
The Mets pecked away at the lead for the rest of the game, burning through Burgos, Sele and Schoenweis out of the pen along the way. Ultimately, we came up short and lost 9–6.
Reasons to celebrate:
- The team managed 13 hits and 6 runs.
- Beltran went 4–5, with his second HR in two games.
- Henry Owens pitched a perfect 9th for his second save. Man that kid can throw. Oh wait, he isn’t a Met anymore. Dammit. We traded him to the Marlins for Adam Bostick and Jason Vargas.
Reasons to medicate:
- Park did not make a case to be the Mets 6th starter.
- Delgado 1–5, .188 on the season
- Wright 0–5. .244 for the season.