— Trenton lost to Binghamton, 9-7. It probably never should have been that close. But, based on what this team has managed to do lately, it never seemed like they were actually going to lose.
“We had a chance at the end; Melky and I were both up with the tying run at the plate,” said Luke Murton.
“But we weren’t able to come through. It happens. We have been playing and coming back, so we really did think we had a chance to win that game.”
Murton’s eighth inning home run cut what was once a seven-run Mets lead to just three, but he popped out to end the game in the ninth. Tony Franklin didn’t see any of it, however, ejected in the fifth inning for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Joe Born.
— Initially, it was thought that Franklin was arguing that Abe Almonte had been hit by the pitch, considering it seemed to be nowhere near the strike zone. Nope.
“I only go out there because I don’t think they got the play right,” Franklin started. “I try not to go on the field. Even when the plays are close, I’ll ask people around me. I’ll ask if he got it right, and if they say yes, then I don’t go. Tonight, I thought they missed the calls, and I told them that’s exactly why I came out there. When Almonte’s got to jump out of the way of two pitches and they call the second one a strike, I just don’t think that was the proper call. So Joe tells me I can’t be out there arguing balls and strikes, but I said it’s a pretty obvious call to me.”
Franklin thought Almonte was “nicked” by the first pitch, but never showed too much visible frustration as he has in other scenarios. Didn’t seem like he said anything in the “magic words” department, either. He did get a break, however, getting to listen to the game in his office for the final four innings instead.
— Franklin likely didn’t enjoy what he saw or heard out of Matt den Dekker. The 12th-best prospect in the Mets system according to Baseball America, the Binghamton outfielder made an amazing diving catch after showing some serious speed to get to a ball in the gap, and went 5-for-5 at the plate with three runs scored, an RBI and two doubles. Consider me impressed.
— Zack Wheeler. He is good. He is, of course, not pitching this series. But he is good. And he was kind enough to chat with me for about eight minutes before today’s game. The sixth overall pick in the 2009 draft and the Mets big return in the Carlos Beltran deal, Wheeler is the Mets top prospect, and on the cusp of a promotion to Triple-A. I’ll have that interview soon.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com