May 15, 2012 12:00 AM
" Frank Francisco's weekend of ineffectiveness did something that can only happen when people find themselves at very desperate moments.
It made them nostalgic for Armando Benitez, Francisco Rodriguez and all the other closers whose inability to simply get three outs before shaking the catcher's hand once made them sit in a dark room contemplating the universe. Old pain hardly seems as bad as the current agony, especially when faced with the thought of five more months with Francisco.
None of those guys are currently on the roster, though, and that means Terry Collins stuck with Francisco as his closer during a Monday afternoon chat with the media. He got an immediate chance to put his money where his mouth was on Monday night.
The Mets led the Brewers 3-0 going into the bottom of the ninth and Collins summoned Francisco for another thrill ride. He got one.
Francisco gave up two hits and a walk, leading to a Brewers run and grumbles from a crowd preparing itself to watch another lead disappear in the night because of Francisco's inability to slam the door "
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