The Mets finally got the idea and decided that the best way to play Citi Field was to stop swinging for the fences and start driving the ball toall fields. The results were astonishing as the launched a 17 hit attack and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1. Johan Maine started and continues to show signs that his problems are far behind him. It was the Mets sixth straight victory, and it moved them into a first-place tie in the NL East with the Philadelphia Phillies.
John Maine started and pitched six innings of three-hit, one-run ball to inprove his record to 3-2 and lower his ERA to a more respectable 4.34 on the season. Unlike his last start when he walked six batters, Maine showed much better control and dished out just two walks in the game while striking out three.
The USS Maine looks to be back to form and pitched by far his best game of the year.
Ken Takahashi followed Maine and actually threw more than one pitch today. He pitched two scoreless innings and continues to come through whenever he’s called upon.
Brian Stokes made a rare appearance in the game, and pitched the final scoreless inning allowing just one harmeless hit.
Jose Reyes led the charge with three hits as the Mets exploded for 17 hits today including 13 singles, 2 doubles, 1 triple and a homerun by Carlos Beltran.
The Mets began their assault in the fourth inning when Luis Castillo singled to get things started, and the Mets followed that up with five more singles by Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Gary Sheffield, Fernando Tatis and Jose Reyes.
Nine Mets had hits today including multiple hit games from seven players.
There’s nothing better than a 17 hit barrage to get the weekend started off on the right note. Finally a ninth inning that we really didn’t need to watch and pray for dear life. How satisfying that was…
Six game winning streak… just the sound of that is so cool… The only thing better would be the sound of… a seven game winning streak
This was a team effort, so I will give the game ball to the entire team.
Livan Hernandez will keep this incredible winning streak going on Sunday as the Mets look for their third consecutive series sweep. LGM