In a game delayed almost two hours, Mike Pelfrey struggled but Jesus Feliciano helped set the table for the Mets, as they took the final game of the series against the Marlins, 6-5.
After a long rain delay, Mike Pelfrey was obviously affected adversely, getting beaten around. In four and two thirds of an inning, Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs on twelve hits with one walk and three strikeouts. The twelve hits that Big Pelf gave up today were the most he has given up in his MLB career. The delay, which was just a touch under two hours probably left Pelfrey on the mound tighter then usual. The worst part about his poor performance, is the bullpen was forced to pitch four and one third innings.
The bullpen, however rebounded after a horrible performance Monday and locked up the middle innings, allowing the Mets to get back into the game. Just as he did yesterday, Elmer Dessens came out for one third of an inning, getting the out when he needed it. Ryota Igarashi came out for the sixth inning, and has looked about as good as he has all season. Iggy went one inning and struck out three batters, allowing an infield single to Gaby Sanchez. Ryota mixed in his 78 MPH curveball beautifully with his blazing 95 MPH heat, all while pitching out of the stretch. The stretch may be the key to Ryota Igarashi’s control and effectiveness. Bobby Parnell, making his sixth appearance, went one and two third innings, striking out one and giving up one run on two hits. Francisco Rodriguez would relieve Bobby Parnell, and get out of the eighth inning with one pitch. K-Rod then proceeded to finish up the game for his 18th save, allowing two hits and striking out one. In typical K-Rod fashion, he finished the game with his only strikeout with runners on first and third.
The offense decided as it has during this entire road trip that it would score early, knocking across two runs without Jose Reyes (late scratch, back injury), Angel Pagan (tender oblique) and Jeff Francoeur (day off). David Wright hit a two-RBI double, scoring Jesus Feliciano and Ruben Tejada. Ike Davis would add on, knocking in David Wright with a single to center. In the second, Jesus Feliciano brought Alex Cora home on a single. Josh Thole had another clutch hit today, with a bases-loaded single scoring Jason Bay in the sixth. In the seventh, the Mets would bring the last run across, when Jason Bay hit a single to left field that would score Ruben Tejada.
Ruben Tejada went 0-3, but scored two runs. Also, due to the late scratch of Jose Reyes played his natural position of SS for the first time since his second call-up.
David Wright went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored. However, the K’s are still piling up. David is at 90 strikeouts on the season.
Rod Barajas was the only Mets starter to go hitless, going 0-4.
Josh Thole and his RBI single gave the Mets the lead in the sixth ininning and from that point on they refused to relinquish it.
Jesus Feliciano, going 2-5 with an RBI, run and SB. Jesus is heating up, and he looked at home in the lead-off spot
The Mets will travel to Washington, sending out Johan Santana to face-off against ex-Met Livan Hernandez. Game time is 7:05 PM