After the horrible 18-6 bashing at the hands of the Padres yesterday, Mike Pelfrey went 8 innings to help guide the Mets to victory, 4-2
Mike Pelfrey went to the mound today and had a plan from the beginning of the game, going 8 innings striking out 8 and walking 2, and giving up a run on 4 hits. All of Pelfrey’s pitches were working tonight as he was striking out lefties with his split-finger change, dropping the curveball over for strikes and then blowing hitters away with 95 MPH heat up in the zone. The Padres didn’t muster any offense against Pelfrey until the 6th inning, and that would be the only time against Pelfrey they’d score. More and more with every start, you see the confidence and trust that Big Pelf seems to have in his arsenal now, and its a great thing to watch.
Frankie Rodriguez came out and it seemed like he wanted to make a more challenging save, allowing 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 2. K-Rod has only pitched 7 clean frames (no walks, no hits) in 24 games. This trend grows stronger and stronger every time K-Rod goes to the mound, but until he starts blowing saves i guess it can be accepted?
The bats were consistent today off of a lefty with a great pickoff move, Wade LeBlanc. Jeff Francoeur was picked off in a run-down essentially as the pitcher never broke to the plate. A David Wright first inning RBI single put the Mets in the lead for good, and more damage could’ve been done in the 1st but Jason Bay was thrown out trying to score on the Wright single. David Wright then went yard in the 6th, showing some signs that his bat is coming to life. Ike Davis continued the long-ball trend with a 2-run HR in the top of the 7th to put the Mets ahead 4-1.
Ike Davis and David Wright were great today, going 5-8 with 2 HR, 1 SB and 4 RBI. This is the kind of production the Mets need from the middle of the order.
Jose Reyes was caught stealing for the first time EVER by the Padres after 22 attempts. The replay had Jose’s hand getting in before the tag, though. He went 0-5 but reached on an error, then the aforementioned caught-stealing occurred.
Ike Davis’ HR put the gap at 4-1, and that would prove to be more then enough for Mike Pelfrey and the Mets
Mike Pelfrey takes the game ball. This is the 6th outing in a row he has allowed 4 runs or less, and he lowered his season ERA to 2.39. If Pelf keeps this up, he may have a spot on the All-Star team.
The Mets look to win the series today, sending out Johan Santana in his first start after that 8th inning no decision against the Brewers. Santana and the Mets will be facing Padres lefty Clayton Richard. Game time is 6:00 PM