John Maine came out and pitched a great game, and Rod Barajas came through in the 9th inning with his seventh homerun of the season for a 5-4 win against the Cincinnati Reds
John Maine went to the mound and put up another solid performance over six innings. Maine gave up two runs, one unearned and the other one on a solo home run in the 1st inning. Maine also struck out six, walked two and gave up four hits including that home run. He looked good, making the pitches when he needed to and showing that he may have finally learned what “pitching” encompasses.
The bullpen almost coughed it up, but honestly the blame for that cannot be placed on anyone but Jerry Manuel who continues to overuse Nightly Nieve.
Jenrry Mejia came out and pitched a clean inning, his 8th outing with 0 runs allowed. Fernando Nieve continued on his record-breaking appearance pace, and gave up two runs on two homers in 2/3 of an inning. Perpetual Pedro Feliciano came in for 1/3 of an inning to stop the bleeding and took the win. Frankie Rodriguez came out for a clean 9th inning for only his fourth save of the season.
The bats seemed to be looking for the kill most of the night. Jose Reyes is apparently out of his slump, getting another big single in the first inning to score Angel Pagan. David Wright hit his 6th home run of the season in the 4th, and is also beginning to look like he has stopped pressing at the plate and is just letting it rip.
The Mets had their biggest inning in the 6th when Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Luis Castillo and then everyone’s favorite Frenchman Jeff Francoeur singled Jose Reyes in. The biggest hit of the night belongs to the scorching hot Rod Barajas, hitting a tie-breaking solo home run in the 9th inning to give the Mets a much needed win.
Rod Barajas is 5 for his last 16 with 4 HR. He’s almost single-handedly providing more power output from the catcher slot than the Mets received all of last year.
GMJ had another fruitless at-bat, but that doesn’t even seem to suprise anyone, including GMJ. Every Mets starter had a hit, minus Jason Bay.
John Maine – you may have turned a corner in your development, and as much as I condemned you earlier in the season, I can admit when i’m wrong. Today you proved that you can pitch, and you take the game ball for that.
The Mets will try and wrap the series up with a win sending out the locked-in Jon Niese to face the Reds own enigma, Johnny Cueto. Game time is 12:30 P.M.