Livan Hernandez started the second game of the series and, like most of his games, started off shaky. Livan, was not his usual inning eater self, as he only went 4 innings, giving up 5 runs, 3 walks, and struck out 5.
Tim Redding did a nice job following Livan’s poor start. Redding pitched two scoreless innings. Pedro Feliciano didn’t have as much luck though, as he let in a run during his inning pitched. Followed by one of the most trustable relievers, Brian Stokes, who pitched a scoreless inning.
Max Scherzer started for the D-Backs and held the Mets to only two runs. He also struck out 8 Mets batters.
Jerry Manuel decided to “shake up the lineup” tonight, letting Sullivan play center and lead off. Is Pagan in the dog house now? Also Reed played left field while Sheffield’s return is still questionable. Sullivan and Reed combined for 3 hits in the game.
Jeff Francoeur tied the ball game in the second inning with his tenth homerun of the season and his fifth as a Met. He extends his hit streak to seven games now. The only other run from the Mets was Cora’s RBI single in the fourth inning.
Brian Schneider continues to struggle, with just 4 hits in his last 34 at-bats.
David Wright was given his second day off on the year. Says he’s been “under the weather” since the San Diego series. Fernando Tatis filled in for Wright, his second time playing third this season, and batted third, the first time he’s done that as a starter since 2001 with the Expos. Tatis went 1-4 with a run and a strike out.
Former Met reliever, Scott Schoeneweis, was placed on the 15-day disable list, not for an injury but for depression after his wife was killed earlier this year. Our hearts still go out to him, his kids, and his family.
Mets reliever JJ Putz’s return has been pushed back from August 20th with soreness in his arm. With all of the talk of shutting down Reyes and Beltran, why not shut everyone else down as well?
Oliver Perez finishes the series tomorrow before the Mets get a day off and return home for an eleven game home stand.