— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets | Shea
by Kingman on May 11 at 9:11PM

Dusty bakerThe Mets beat the Reds 8-3 Sunday, for the last Mother's Day at Shea Stadium. The Mets also took two out of three from the Reds during Cincinnati's final Shea appearance.

Plenty to remember about this weekend. The intended 2008 starting lineup (with Alou, Schneider and Castillo healthy) finally played a series in New York…until Castillo had to leave today’s games with a strained quad. Then there were the pink bats, wristbands and shoelaces. And don’t overlook the Mets getting 14 hits (Beltran 2–5, with 3 RBI’s, Reyes, 3–5).

But the most memorable moment of the game happened in the 9th, when Dusty Baker's Reds batted out of order after a double switch in the 8th. Outfielder Corey Patterson was charged with an out when backup catcher David Ross came to the plate instead of him in the No. 8 spot and flew out to Beltran. Randolph came out to complain, which resulted in at least a 15 minute delay of game while the umpires huddled, then spoke to each manager at least twice. Ross got to hit again, and he singled, then play was delayed yet again while the umps debated over how many outs there were.

The only guy in Shea who seemed to know the rules was Gary Cohen on SNY. He also smartly pointed out that Randolph had erred by complaining too early. If he had let the next batter come to the plate after Ross for one pitch, then complained, the Reds may have been charged with a second out. Randolph admitted after the game he had protested too early.

The important thing is the boys have started their homestand strong after a .500 West Coast road trip. With the bats comign to life (excluding last night’s debacle), time to feast on Nat pitching for a few days.

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