Tejada! Clutch! Mets Win 4-3
Mike Pelfrey went seven and one third innings of quality baseball, and key offensive contributions from David Wright and clutch hitting from Ruben Tejada gave the Mets the win, 4-3 versus the Brewers.
Mike Pelfrey went seven and one third innings today, giving up three runs on five hits, walking four and striking out two. Pelfrey was wild today, throwing roughly half his pitches for strikes. Pelfrey gave up a long home run to Corey Hart in the sixth inning. Pelfrey has been given a lot of slack by Jerry Manuel to throw well over 100 pitches, even this late in the season.
The bullpen brigade did its usual routine, with Pedro Feliciano going two-thirds of an inning and Elmer Dessens pitching a perfect ninth inning. In a season that has been a roller coaster, sans a week or two the Mets bullpen has been great.
The offense was consistently hitting today while missing a few key pieces. Angel Pagan was injured or had the day off, and Carlos Beltran left in the sixth inning with apparent knee problems. That didn’t matter, because David Wright blasted a home run down the left field line, giving him 98 RBI for the season. Many bloggers and fans believed that David would never hit more then 20 home runs again, but David hit his 27th home run of the year. Ruben Tejada provided the game-winning 2 RBI double, after Ike Davis obliterated a double to the 415 mark in right center and Josh Thole hit a bloop single to shallow left field. Luis Castillo was brought in to pinch-run for Thole, and even as he scored the run Luis Castillo still seemed upset by his role on the team
Nick Evans, 0-4 with 1 K and played the ninth inning in center field, getting one put out. The outfield defense of Duda, Evans and Carter could’ve possibly been the worst defensive outfield the Mets could’ve possibly played
Ruben Tejada, 3-4 with two RBI. Ruben was the only Met with more then one hit.
Jesus Feliciano K’d twice and has looked overmatched. Don’t expect to see him in Flushing next year.
David Wright, you now hold the Mets single-season strikeout record with 157 strikeouts!
The Ike Davis double to lead-off the ninth inning invigorated the crowd and the Mets, sparking the walk-off comeback.
Goes to the fans. I attended the game, and the fans were still in the game. They reported the attendance in the 24,000 range but that is difficult to believe, seeing as how empty seats littered the stands.
The Mets will go to work on an afternoon/night double header, sending R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese to the mound.
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