Mets Lose Final Game At Shea
The New York Mets played their last regular Shea Stadium season game ever to a soldout crowd which included Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The team was on the brink of either a Wild Card spot or elimination and needed a win over the Florida Marlins or a loss by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Chicago Cubs to get into the 2008 playoffs.
William M. Fuso and Scott Shea, grandchildren of William Shea, for whom Shea Stadium was named, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Recording star Mark Anthony sang the National Anthem. Actor Glenn Close sang God Bless America during the seventh inning stretch.
Mets left hander Oliver Perez (10-7, 4.25) pitched for the Mets while Scott Olsen (8-11, 4.23) pitched for the Marlins.
Mets Manager Jerry Manuel, 53, changed the batting order for the last two games of the season. Carlos Beltran, who was fourth and fifth in the batting order all season moved to second in the batting order, Carlos Delgado third, David Wright cleanup in fourth, Nick Evans in the fifth spot, second baseman Ramon Martinez sixth, right fielder Ryan Church seventh, Ramon Castro catching and batting eighth and Oliver Perez, pitcher batting ninth.
The first hit of the game was credited to Delgado who in the first inning singled to left with two outs and was stranded when Wright, batting cleanup, flied out to center field.
The two starting pitchers matched scoreless innings until the Marlins broke through in the top of the sixth.
Following three straight hits, Met manager Manuel had Perez intentionally walk Dan Uggla to load the bases. Manuel replaced Perez with reliever Joe Smith, who walked Josh Willingham to give the Marlins a 2-0 lead.
The Mets came back in the bottom half of the inning. Robinson Cancel pinch hit for Joe Smith and walked after Jose Reyes flied out to right while Beltran hit a 395-foot home run into the left field bleachers to tie the game at 2-2.
Soon the Marlins were on top 3-2 on a pinch hit home run by Wes Helms off reliever Scott Schoenweis. The ball traveled 380 feet and landed in the left field bleachers as Endy Chavez watched it go over the wall.
That was all for Schoenweis as Luis Ayala, named only a few weeks ago as the Mets new closer for Billy Wagner, who was injured and out for the remainder of the season, replaced him on the mound. Ayala immediately gave up a 385-foot home run to Uggla, giving the Marlins a 4-2 lead and win.
And that was "all she wrote" for the Mets and their fans for this season.