The Mets bats came alive today breaking out for 4 homers in a great start by Mike Pelfrey in an 8-2 victory over the Nationals
In his first start of the season, Mike Pelfrey wasn’t sharp – but it really didn’t matter. Big Pelf scattered four hits over six innings, walking four and giving up two runs, both coming off an Ian Desmond triple. Although the statistics would tell you he was lucky, he had the Nationals hitters fooled the entire night, with Pudge Rodriguez the only national with more then one hit. He was mixing his pitches well, throwing nearly as many breaking balls as fastballs and commanding that medicine ball of a fastball to the tune of 94 MPH. Pelfrey generated eight ground balls to six fly balls, primarily due to him mixing up his pitches. The Nationals were swinging from the heels the entire night
The bullpen was stellar, with the triumvirate of Takahashi, Nieve and Mejia not allowing a hit. Takahashi struck out one in one inning, “Everyday” Nieve made his fourth appearance in as many games, walking and striking out one and phenom Jenrry “I Throw Hard” Mejia got three ground-outs to end the game.
The bats came alive in the 2nd inning, when Jeff Francouer tattooed a ball into the left field stands to make the score 2-1 on a solo home run. Rod Barajas wanted in on the action, and he sent a solo home run further into the left field deck in the 4th inning. Barajas then commanded a screaming liner out of the park for his second solo homer of the day in the 6th, and not to be done in Frenchy one-upped him with a two run blast in the 7th. Before the final home run, Fernando Tatis hit a run-scoring single to knock in David Wright. The Mets added two more runs in the bottom of the 8th on Alex Cora and David Wright singles.
The Mets drew five walks, one each for the 1 thru 5 hitters, including the un-walkable Mike Jacobs.
Rod Barajas’ blast in the sixth gave the Mets the lead and the spark they would need to keep piling on the runs. His two home runs gave him nearly a third of the total of Omir Santos last year
Split the ball in half and give it to Frenchy and Barajas. The tandem went 4-8 with 4 home runs and 5 RBI from the 6 & 7 hole, and almost single-handedly demolishing the Metco label for Citi Field.
The Mets square off against Nationals ace John Lannan yesterday in the first appearance of Oliver Perez although which Ollie is to be decided, as well as Henry Blanco aka Hank White at 1:10 P.M.