Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tatis takes blame for snafu on bases
By Adam Rubin
Fernando Tatis took responsibility for his costly gaffe on the bases during Wednesday’s 7-6, 10-inning loss to the Florida Marlins. With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, the Mets trailing by three runs, David Wright at the plate and two out, Tatis broke from third base on a potential wild-pitch by Jose Veras that squirted away from catcher John Baker. Baker recovered the ball and Veras applied the tag on Tatis at the plate, ending the inning without Wright swinging.
“I thought I was going to make it,” Tatis said. “That’s something that we’ve been working the whole spring -- just being aggressive on the bases. It was my mistake. I know that. I thought the ball was going to go a little bit more away. I got thrown out at the plate. It was my mistake with David at the plate definitely. I got a good jump. He made a great play and he threw a strike to the plate. But definitely it was my mistake.”
OPENING ACTS: Jenrry Mejia wasn’t the only Met making his major-league debut. Infielder Ruben Tejada -- the youngest position player on the franchise’s Opening Day roster since Tim Foli in 1971 -- popped out in foul territory in the ninth inning as a pinch-hitter. Tejada remained in the game and manned second base in the 10th inning.
Japanese left-hander Hisanori Takahashi took the loss after allowing the decisive pinch-hit RBI single to Ronny Paulino. Takahashi became the 10th Japanese-born player to appear for the Mets. Teammate Ryota Igarashi has yet to appear through two games, but will become No. 11.
OFF THE SCHNEID: Mike Jacobs was hitless in his first seven at-bats, with four strikeouts, before lining a single to right field in the eighth inning. It was Jacobs’ first hit as a Met since Oct. 2, 2005 off Colorado’s Aaron Cook, before being dealt to the Marlins for Carlos Delgado.
“It’s just the first couple of games,” said Jacobs, who is expected to sit in Thursday’s series finale, when Tatis should start at first base against left-hander Nate Robertson. “I saw the ball a lot better today, even though I struck out twice. I hit a couple of balls hard that were foul, but I started feeling more comfortable as the game went on just with my timing, and obviously got the base hit. It’s one of those things that it feels like, boom, it’s going to click and it’s going take off real quick.”
ODDS & ENDS: The Mets set a franchise record by scoring all six runs without any being driven in with a base hit. While completing a rally from a five-run deficit in the eighth, the Mets scored on a bases-loaded walk to Tatis, then a balk. … Florida has won 10 of its past 15 against the Mets in New York. … The Marlins slugged three homers, by Jorge Cantu, Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla. Eight of the 10 games in which a team has hit three-plus homers at Citi Field have been produced by the visitor. .. Jason Bay is 3-for-7 with a double, triple and two walks in two games as a Met. … Sean Green surrendered the homer to Uggla in the right-hander’s first 2010 action.