Mets Find Their Edge And Top Phillies 7-4
The Mets (10-12) beat the Philadelphia Phillies (11-10) 7-4 in the first game of a make or break series for the Mets. Mike Pelfrey wasn’t spectacular, but pitched well enough to get the Mets back on track and pick up the win. The Mets bats came alive in this one scoring early and often.
Mike Pelfrey improved his record to 3-0, holding the Phillies to just three runs on seven hits. He walked four batters in 5.1 innings and struck out none which was a little odd. Pelfrey got in trouble a couple of times in the game, but both times he was able to pitch to contact and let his defense do their job.
Pedro Feliciano relieved Pelfrey after one out in the sixth inning and did a solid job pitching 1.2 innings and allowing just a solo homerun to Chase Utley. He picked up his third hold of the season, and we should see more of Feliciano in the last two games.
The final two innings showcased the Mets 1-2 bullpen punch to the Phillies for the first time this season. J.J. Putz and Frankie Rodriguez were both solid in the eight and ninth, each pitching a hitless and scoreless inning. For Putz it was a much needed shot in the arm after a disastrous outing against the Marlins. K-Rod notched his fifth save in five chances.
The Mets wasted no time as they jumped on Park early. After Alex Cora walked in the first, Dan Murphy belted a two run homer to put the Mets on the board 2-0. The Mets almost broke the game open after that when Park walked Carlos Beltran and David Wright after the homer and fell behind Ryan Church 3-0, before retiring him on a double-play grounder to end the inning. Ahhhhh!The Mets scored again in the second thanks to sacrifice flies by Jose Reyes and Mike Pelfrey who nearly missed a three-run homer. Omir Santos drove in the Mets fifth run with another sac fly in the third to make it 5-0.
After the Phillies made some noise and with the Mets up 5-3, Beltran led off the fifth with a double, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Wright followed and singled him in to give the Mets a 6-3 lead. Pelfrey then helped his own cause with a two-out, RBI single that made it 7-3.
Both Wright and Tatis had a couple of hits in the game. Carlos Beltran was on base four times as he increased his average to .390 to lead the league, and he also stole a base and scored two runs.
There might be a chance that Carlos Delgado ends up on the DL if he is not ready to play in today’s game. Tatis has been fantastic filling in for Delgado and is batting .370 this season.
Carlos Beltran and Mike Pelfrey.
The Mets play a matinée today and send Oliver Perez to the mound. Perez has always done well against the Phillies, so lets hope the Mets can make it two in a row. LGM
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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