Ollie Walks Seven, But Mets Hang On To Beat Dodgers 5-4
The Mets finally snapped their four-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Oliver Perez made his long anticipated return to the mound, but he was as erratic as ever as he toiled through five innings while throwing 108 pitches. He allowed just two runs and was very lucky it wasn’t a lot more.
When Perez walked the first batter of the game on four pitches, I wondered how many Mets fans turned their televisions off right there and then?
Ollie walked seven batters, allowed four hits, and struck out two. I guess I should be thrilled that the Mets won, but honestly all I felt after the game was relief.
I don’t know what to make of Ollie’s performance because on any other day seven walks would usually translate to a loss, but I guess I should just shut up and be happy with the win. Bobby Ojeda thought it was good sign that Oliver Perez never imploded and that he was able to wiggle out of trouble a few times. I suppose that’s a good sign, but geez… seven walks?
Offensively, the Mets finally snapped their 23 inning scoreless streak when they scored a run in the second inning after Jeremy Reed doubled and scored on a Luis Castillo single to tie the game at 1-1. Woo freaking hoo…
In the third inning hell froze over as the Mets exploded for three runs!
After a Daniel Murphy doubled (he had two in the game), Wright snapped his 0-for-17 slump with a single to score Murphy and put the Mets up by a run. I swear I couldn’t remember the last time the Mets had a lead.
A walk, an error, and another single later (by Jeremy Reed), the Mets were up 4-1 and all of a sudden Mets fans everywhere collectively exhaled.
The bullpen did an okay job after relieving Perez of his duties. Bobby Parnell allowed three runners and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings, but he looked more comfortable out there and composed. His slider was especially sharp and he used it to effectively setup his fastball.
Feliciano came in for an out, and Sean Green allowed a run in the eighth inning, but it was K-Rod in the ninth inning that really scared us out of our skins.
He was immediately greeted with a leadoff homerun by Manny Ramirez and suddenly the Mets lead had shrunk to just one run. Rodriguez then proceeds to walk Casey Blake on four pitches, and NONE of them were even close to being strikes. After a visit by Dan Warthen, K-Rod struck out Mark Loretta, but then Russell Martin lined a sharp single putting the tying and winning runs on base. (Could this really be happening???)
Luckily, Andre Ethier slapped a hard grounder right to Alex Cora who turned the game ending double play. Wow, the Mets won, but what in the world is up with K-Rod lately?
Well, the important thing is that we won. Unfortunately for us however, so did the Phillies, Marlins and Braves. The Mets gained no ground and still find themselves in 4th place, 4 1/2 games behind the Phillies. Tonight the Mets will send Livan Hernandez to the mound and he will be opposed by Randy Wolf.
One last thing… Daniel Murphy made an incredible play in the seventh inning.
When a Mark Loretta grounder took a wild bounce first base, a stumbling Murphy managed to grab the ball and make a blind, behind-the-back flip to Bobby Parnell who was covering first base. It was a great play and and both Loretta and Torre argued the out call.
Lets Go Mets!
(Video courtesy of MetsBlog and SNY)
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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