(84-77, 39-41 away)
(89-73, 48-33 home)
1:10 PM ET, September 28, 2008
Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
NEW YORK -- Mets collapse, the sequel.Doomed by a dreadful bullpen that failed them again Sunday, the New York Mets completed their second consecutive September slide with a 4-2 loss to Florida that knocked them out of playoff contention in the final game at Shea Stadium.Scott Schoeneweis and Luis Ayala served up back-to-back homers in the eighth inning that put the pesky Marlins ahead, and New York (89-73) lost out to Milwaukee (90-72) for the NL wild card on the last day of the season.
• The Marlins eliminated the Mets on the final day of the season for the second straight year.
• The Mets closed the season losing six of nine and finished 55-38 under Jerry Manuel.
• Wes Helms put the Marlins ahead with his first home run since June 15. Dan Uggla's homer for the Marlins gave him a career-high 32.
• The Mets' first three hitters in the lineup went 3-for-11 combined; their last six were 1-for-20.
• Scott Schoeneweis took the loss; he dropped his last four decisions of 2008. The Mets' bullpen finished the season 28-28.
-- ESPN research
All-Star SS Hanley Ramirez was out of Florida's lineup with a stiff left shoulder. ... Schoeneweis went 0-4 after Aug. 25. ... Brian Gorman was the first base umpire. His father, Tom, worked the plate during the first game at Shea Stadium on April 17, 1964. ... The Mets will move into their new ballpark, Citi Field, next April.
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 10-8 (as of Sun 9/28)|
|Mon 3/31||NYM 7, @FLA 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/1||@FLA 5, NYM 4||Recap|
|Wed 4/2||NYM 13, @FLA 0||Recap|
|Mon 5/26||FLA 7, @NYM 3||Recap|
|Tue 5/27||@NYM 5, FLA 3||Recap|
|Wed 5/28||@NYM 7, FLA 6||Recap|
|Mon 7/28||@FLA 7, NYM 3||Recap|
|Tue 7/29||NYM 4, @FLA 1||Recap|
|Wed 7/30||@FLA 7, NYM 5||Recap|
|Fri 8/8||@NYM 3, FLA 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/9||@NYM 8, FLA 6||Recap|
|Sun 8/10||FLA 8, @NYM 2||Recap|
|Fri 8/29||NYM 5, @FLA 4||Recap|
|Sat 8/30||@FLA 4, NYM 3||Recap|
|Sun 8/31||NYM 6, @FLA 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/26||FLA 6, @NYM 1||Recap|
|Sat 9/27||@NYM 2, FLA 0||Recap|
|» Sun 9/28||FLA 4, @NYM 2||Box Score|
|Complete Schedule: Mets|
|FLA||6th||J Baker singled to center, C Maybin scored.||1||0|
|FLA||6th||J Willingham walked, J Baker scored, J Cantu to third, D Uggla to second.||2||0|
|6th||C Beltran homered to left, R Cancel scored.||2||2|
|FLA||8th||W Helms homered to left center.||3||2|
|FLA||8th||D Uggla homered to left.||4||2|
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|Stadium||Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY|
|Attendance||56,059 (133.7% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||71 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Gerry Davis, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Sam Holbrook|