Travis d’Arnaud says the umps got it right on a controversial play at the plate where Ichiro was initially ruled out before a replay review overturned the call.
Travis d’Arnaud knew what everyone in the Stadium needed a nearly six-minute replay review to find out on Thursday night in the Mets’ 7-5 win over the Marlins: Ichiro Suzuki was safe at home in the seventh inning, tying the game at 5.
Suzuki’s one-out triple was followed by Dee Gordon’s ground ball to second. Daniel Murphy threw home but pulled d’Arnaud well to the first base side of home plate. Suzuki hesitated about 30 feet from home when he saw the throw, but then continued when he realized it was offline. D’Arnaud dove for the tag and Suzuki was initially called out by plate umpire Eric Cooper.
The Marlins challenged and the review, which lasted 5:44, got the call overturned. Murphy was charged with an error.
D’Arnaud actually missed the tag twice. Suzuki didn’t get his outstretched hand on the plate on his initial slide. Both dove again, and Suzuki’s hand got in before d’Arnaud’s glove.
“I would say they got the play right,” d’Arnaud said. “I didn’t tag him. . . . He was called out when I tagged him first.”
Said umpiring crew chief Gary Cederstrom: “(Cooper) thought he got him on the butt on the way in. But he got little in the way of an explanation of why the call was overturned. We get on the headphones, tell the replay center what we have, they look at whatever there is to look at and then they tell you ‘confirmed,’ ‘stands’ or ‘overturned.’ ”
The Mets got off to a good start this season, but Wilmer Flores didn’t. The shortstop was hitting .154 when his bat finally showed signs of life in the fifth inning Thursday. Flores came up with the Mets down 3-0, two on and none out and hit a three-run blast to left to tie the game.
“It’s big. Every time you start helping your team offensively, you feel good,” said Flores, who recorded his first RBI of the season. “It’s not like I am not feeling good — I feel great — but I haven’t been hitting. It’s good to get my offense going.”
After an off-season of speculation about whether Flores’ bat would justify keeping him as the starting shortstop, his struggles had been noticeable.
“There’s been a lot written about how high expectations are for him offensively, and when you’re young and you have to live up to that, it’s difficult,” Terry Collins said. “That might really jump-start Wilmer. I still think he’s going to hit. . . . Tonight was a big step forward for Wilmer.”
FAREWELL TO ARM?
The Mets may be veering from their initial strategy of keeping eight relievers on the 25-man roster. The club summoned infielder Danny Muno from Triple-A Las Vegas, and the corresponding move, which will be announced Friday, is expected to involve a relief pitcher. GM Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the team was going to re-evaluate the tactic after catcher Anthony Recker was forced to play an inning at third base on Tuesday. Muno is the first Alderson draft pick to make the Mets’ 25-man roster. He hit .327 in spring training and was at .235 over the first six games for the 51s.
YANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
With Ichiro Suzuki, the glass is always half full and there is a belief that something fun is around the corner. That’s why the 41-year-old looks back on two and a half trying seasons with the Yankees in a positive light.
And why he is filled with optimism about now playing for the Marlins after signing a $ 2 million deal. Though Suzuki hit .284 in 359 at-bats last season, there was little consistency to how or when he played. It’s why he pretty much knew he wasn’t interested in returning to the Yankees at the end of last season.
“It wasn’t 100% but it was a pretty high percentage that I wasn’t going to come back,” he said through an interpreter before the Marlins faced the Mets Thursday at Citi Field.
He said he didn’t want to replay the assortment of things that bothered him during 2014. Instead he spun those into things that have made him better and explain why a future Hall of Famer like himself liked the idea of playing for Miami. “If you know what your role is, it makes it easier to prepare — not just physically — but mentally and emotionally. At the times with the Yankees it was difficult experiences, but those experiences have really helped me and will continue to help me,” he said.
“In Atlanta there was an opportunity in the fourth inning that I might be pinch hitter,” he added. “That’s early, but I was already ready to go in the game. That’s because I had experiences in the past where I didn’t know when I was going to go in the game and I was put in situations that showed me I have to be ready.”
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