Jason Bay thought he’d just launched his third home run of the season. Or maybe it was his fourth double of 2011.
Either way, Bay knew he’d be on base after drilling a first-inning Josh Johnson fastball to deep left-center.
Unfortunately for Bay, he hit the ball to one of the deepest parts of cavernous Citi Field. So Marlins left fielder Logan Morrison was able to track it down near the 384 sign in left center, right up against the wall.
Afterward, Bay was asked if he’s used to seeing balls that would be home runs in most park die in outfielder’s gloves at Citi Field.
“I wasn’t used to that one, especially off of a guy like that,” Bay said of the first-inning drive. “But you get used to it. I thought I hit it pretty well. At least, well enough to go off the wall. But apparently not.”
Bay hit 36 home runs with the Red Sox in 2009 before signing with the Mets as a free-agent. Bay has just eight home runs in 115 games as a Met. Bay has been hampered by injuries, most recently a ribcage injury that has kept him sidelined for all but 20 games this season. Bay has four homers in 192 career at-bats at Citi Field.
“It definitely doesn’t help, no question,” Bay said when asked if it was mentally taxing to have would-be home runs turn into outs. “But the park’s been the way it has been and it hasn’t changed. No question, but you go up there and you do the best that you can.”
Bay was also asked to sacrifice bunt with Carlos Beltran on first and none out in the tenth. It was a sign of the times for Bay, who is hitting just .218.
He got the but down (his first sacrifice since 2004) to move Beltran to second. After a Daniel Murphy walk, Justin Turner grounded into a fluky 6-4-3 double play.
Turner hit a grounder that deflected off of Hanley Ramirez, directly to second baseman Omar Infante, who completed the double play to end the inning.
Marlins reliever Burke Badenhop hit an RBI single up the middle in the top of the 11th, which turned into the game-winning run in the Marlins' 2-1 win.
“That was just a weird one all the way around,” Bay said.