Pedro Martinez’s debut on the mound began with a hit batsman and homer, and it went downhill from there.
Dan Uggla hit a two-run, first-inning home run off Martinez to move our NoNoHitters.com no hitter count to 7,322. Ouch.
But the real bad news came in the fourth inning when Pedro grabbed his leg after throwing a pitch. The preliminary injury report says it’s a strained left hamstring, and he’s apparently heading back to New York for an MRI.
SNY’s on-field reporter Kevin Burkhardt says Pedro told him he felt a pop. Not good.
Martinez clearly wasn’t happy with giving up the first-inning homer, but he redeemed himself at the plate, stretching an at-bat to 12 pitches before going down on strikes. That helped boost Marlins pitcher Rick VandenHurk’s pitch count, which eventually helped the Mets get back in the game.
Martinez gave up two more earned runs before leaving the game in the fourth, but the Mets tied the game at 4.
The bullpen had another great outing, with Jorge Sosa, Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith and Aaron Heilman all getting the job done.
Matt Wise had great stuff through most of the 10th, right up until he served up Robert Andino’s walk-off homer. The ball just got up in the strike zone.
Mets lose 5-4, and possibly their their No. 2 starter for a while. Again, not good.
(For the record, Uggla broke up a much deeper no hitter last year against the San Diego Padres. Jake Peavy had a no hitter going in the sixth on May 6, 2007, when Uggla hit a one-out triple to drive home an unearned run.)