I’ll remember Manny Acosta fondly for throwing me the game ball after the magical game in Detroit last year.
Alas, glorious moments have been few this year, and the three-run bomb served up to Ty Wiggington appears to be his final act as a Met.
Credit these injured and feisty Mets for hanging tough with the Phillies, with David Wright moving to shortstop after Justin Turner went down with a sprained ankle and two-run blasts from Vinny Rotino and Scott Hairston.
The Phils scored again in the eighth, and the Mets wasted a lead-off double. But hopes of a walk-off win were dashed after Acosta turned the game into an ugly 8-4 rout.
That brought out the Mobile Gnome of Defeat, seen here with Melissa and Angela at the Lansing Lugnuts’ ballpark.