OMIR-ACLE!!! Mets Win 3-2

An article by posted on May 23, 2009

The Mets play game two of this inter-league series against the Boston Red Sox. Mets took game one despite the lack of defense behind Santana.

“He’s making his pitches, and he’s executing his pitches, but we’re not executing on our end defensively,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “And to some degree, that has to be frustrating. But he battled.”

“I don’t know at this point,” Jerry said. “I don’t know if I have choices.” Concerning Ramon Martinez playing shortstop. 

“That’s what I was doing, showing my teammates that I was there for them,” Santana said. “You’ve got to let them know that you’re still there, even if we make mistakes.”

The Mets will have 4-1 Mike Pelfrey who has a 4.61 ERA,
while the Red Sox will have Josh Beckett who is 4-2 and has a 5.85 ERA. Beckett is 6-2 with a 2.50 ERA in 13 career starts against the Mets.
Pelfrey, who has never faced Boston, has won his only two inter-league starts with both coming on the road, but he’s given up 10 runs and 16 hits in 11 innings in those contests.

Pitching

First and second run: 1st inning, Youkilis singled to left, Ellsbury and Pedroia scored. 

PitchersIP H RERBBSOHRPC-STERA
M Pelfrey7.0622160111-704.31
P Feliciano (W, 1-1)1.000001013-82.65
J Putz (S, 2)1.000010015-93.75
Totals9.0622270139-87

Hitting

First run: 1st inning, Sheffield singled to left, Beltran scored.
Second and third run: 9th inning, Santos homered to center, Sheffield scored.

1. Murphy: 0-4   .248
2. Pagan: 0-4   .316
3. Beltran: 1-3   .364
4. Sheffield: 1-3   .260
5. Wright: 0-4   .355
6. Reed: 1-4   .317
7. Santos: 2-4   .270
8. Martinez: 1-4   .100
9. Castillo: 0-2   .274

HR: Santos (2)
RBI: Sheffield (10), Santos (14)
R: Beltran (30), Sheffield (19), Santos (9)
K: Pagan 2 (4,5), 2 Wright (42,43), Martinez (5), Beltran (26), Reed (9)
BB: Castillo (17), Sheffield (17)
LOB: Murphy-2, Wright-2, Reed-1, Martinez-2, Castillo-2. Total-9

Baserunning/Fielding

SB: Martinez (1)
DP: 1 (Castillo-Martinez-Murphy)

Additional Info

After speaking with a sports psychologist, Pelfrey swears he’s gotten over the mental problems that plagued him last Saturday. (His “yips” or balks.)

Mike Pelfrey faced the Red Sox for the first time in his career.
Mike Pelfrey had a season high 6 strikeouts.

First instant replay in a Mets game, Santos‘ homerun review. IT’S GOOD!

Rehab Notes – Oliver Perez, rehabbing from tendinitis in his right knee, will likely begin a Minor League rehab assignment next Tuesday. Schneider is scheduled to catch three consecutive extended spring games as the next step in his rehab from a strained back. Reliever J.J. Putz was still battling a stiff neck on Friday and was not available to pitch.

David Wright hit streak ends at 12 games.
Jacob Ellsbury hit streak: 18 games.

Aflac trivia question: Who are the 8 third basemen who won World Series MVP?
Aflac trivia answer: Brooks Robinson (1970), Pete Rose (1975), Mike Schmidt (1980), Ron Cey (1981), Ray Knight (1986), Scott Brosius (1998), Troy Glaus (2002), Mike Lowell (2007).

NL East take ____ out of the 5 second games in the inter-league series.
Phillies 4, Yankees 5
Mets 3, Red Sox 2
Orioles 2, Nationals 1
Rays __, Marlins __
Blue Jays 3, Braves 4

Game Ball/Glove/Bat

Bat: Omir Santos (game winning homerun).
Glove: Ramon Martinez (nice defense in ninth).
Ball: Pelfrey (great pitching)

Game ends: 9:58 P.M.

Up Next

Tim Redding (0-0, 3.00) will get his second start for the Mets, as he will go up against the knuckleballer,
Tim Wakefield (5-2, 3.59) for the rubber match of this inter-league series. 

REMEMBER the game will not be on SNY but on WPIX.

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