Mike Pelfrey gave the Mets another solid performance as the Mets topped the Phillies 7-5. The Mets broke out of their prolonged power slump at Citi Field and slugged three homeruns off starter Jaimie Moyer who once again failed to notch his 250th win. K-Rod notched his 9th save in nine opportunities and the Mets go over .500 (14-13)for the first time since week two.
Mike Pelfrey kept the Phillies in check and had his best start of the season, allowing three runs over seven innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. He really only made one mistake when he was tagged for a towering solo homer by Ryan Howard in the sixth inning. His ERA is still quite high at 5.46, but he has made good strides in his last two starts. Pelf only walked one batter in the game and didn’t register a strikeout. In 28 innings pitched he has struck out six while walking fourteen, a trend that I hope he can improve.
In the eighth, Pedro Feliciano gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Jayson Werth to bring the Phillies within two runs. Feliciano should have been out of the inning but was the victim of a prolonged inning thanks to a bad interference call that led to Jerry Manuel getting ejected.
Once again, the Mets turned to Francisco Rodriguez who saved his fourth straight game and is now 9 for 9 in save opportunities. K-Rod has exceeded all of my expectations.
Carlos Beltran got the carnage started when he launched a 3-2 pitch from Moyer over the leftfield wall for a 2-0 lead. He had never homered off of Moyer in 59 career at-bats before that at-bat. For Beltran it was his fifth homer of the season and and second in 19 at-bats from the right side.
Carlos Delgado followed with a double, bringing up David Wright who immediately crushed a 1-2 pitch to dead center to quickly make the score 4-0. For Wright, it was part of a big day that saw him go 3-3 with a couple of runs scored and RBI’s. He has raised is batting average to .314 and it looks like his slump is now behind him.
Leadoff hitter Jose Reyes hit a solo homer in the second, but has been mired in a prolonged slump that has seen his batting average sink to an unimpressive .245 with just 12 runs scored this season.
A strange play ensued in the eighth inning when Shane Victorino was caught in a rundown between first and second and appeared to initiate contact with Reyes by lunging at him with his forearm. However, the ump ruled interference on Reyes instead of Victorino which led to a fiery Jerry Manuel getting ejected. It was his first ejection of this season. The umpires made several bad calls against the Mets in this game.
It was a big win for the Mets, with my only complaint being that they didn’t score any runs after the third inning and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little concerned when the Phillies mad it 7-5 in the eighth.
We’ve now completed back to back two-game sweeps of the Braves and Phillies. (Yeay!)
David Wright, who looks like he’s ready to bust out!
The Pirates sail into town this weekend and young lefthander Jon Niese will make his season debut on Friday. LGM