Florida Marlins manager Jack McKeon offered this summary of David Wright’s performance and the overall difference in play between the teams in the Mets’ 3-2 win Wednesday:
“They out-defensed us today,’’ McKeon said. “Take Wright out of the game, we’re in business. He gets the hits plus he was outstanding in the field.”
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Wright had a pair of doubles, scored the tying run and was intentionally walked. He also turned in a key play in the ninth inning, diving to his left to stop Omar Infante’s grounder and firing to Nick Evans at first base for the second out. That froze pinch-runner Alfredo Amezaga at second base. When Mike Stanton then grounded out to second baseman Ruben Tejada, Bobby Parnell had secured his third save of the season.
“Especially the way our pitchers have been pitching lately, you want to try to go out there and try to get them out of some jams, because they pick us up. A lot of times we kick some balls behind them,” said Wright, who had a shin wrapped after the game as a result of fouling balls off the leg.
Wright lightheartedly noted he had “almost 800 feet worth of doubles” in the game. Both of his shots hit the left-field wall, which appears likely to be halved from 16 feet to eight feet next season. (At least the line denoting a home run placed at the 8-foot mark.)
“It’s a big park. Hopefully next year, if what I’m reading is true, they’re two home runs,” Wright said.
The first shot did hit above the 8-foot mark and would definitely have been a homer under the revised dimensions. (Florida’s Jose Lopez would have had a homer in the game, too, rather than a double.) Wright’s second shot was more toward the alley and hit low on the wall, so it likely would still be in play in 2012.
“It is what it is, and you try to hit the ball hard. Sometimes they go out, and like tonight sometimes they don’t,” said Wright, who mostly has moved beyond being exasperated with the dimensions now that the Mets have called the ballpark home for three seasons. “You hit the ball hard. You go up there, you don’t try to hit home runs. Obviously they’re nice. It is what it is. It’s a big park. You’ve really got to hit it to get out of here. I didn’t quite hit it well enough tonight.”