Forever Young, Mets Beat Phillies 7-1

An article by posted on April 5, 2011

Chris Young, in his Mets debut pitched a great first game, going five and one-third innings, giving up one run on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts and the offense exploded in the third inning, chasing Cole Hamels in their 7-1 victory.

Game Notes

Chris Young looked pretty good in his first outing for the Mets. He allowed five hits, but didn’t start allowing hits and runs until after the 4th inning. Young had some control issues, but as they like to say was wildly effective. Despite the lack of speed difference in his pitches, Young kept hitters off balance. If this was just a sign of things to come, this could be a great season for Chris Young. He split even with ground balls and fly balls 5 to 5.

The bullpen came out and got in some solid work today. D.J. Carrasco came out and allowed one hit in one and two-third innings, striking out one. Tim Byrdak came out, and did exactly what he was expected to, striking out Ryan Howard and allowing zero hits in his inning of work. Bobby Parnell finished up the game allowing one hit, a ground ball just out of the reach of Chin-lung Hu. The pitching was spectacular today.

The offense today came alive for one inning, and thats all that was really needed. RBI hits by David Wright, Ike Davis, Brad Emaus and Chris Young in addition to Angel Pagan scoring on a wild pitch . All of this damage chased Phillies starter Cole Hamels out of the game, only allowing him to pitch two and two-third innings. The Mets tacked on a run for insurance on a Scott Hairston RBI single, scoring David Wright. The Mets stole three bases (Reyes, Pagan, Wright) and drew four walks (Pagan, Beltran, Hairston, Davis). Despite no massive offensive contributions, the Mets capitalized when they had runners in scoring position.

13 overall hits for the Mets, pretty good day.

David Wright, 4-5 with 2 RBI, 2 Runs, a stolen base and a strikeout.

Angel Pagan, 0-3, hitting .143 but has a 4:1 BB:K ratio and picked up his second SB of the season.

Brad Emaus, 1-4 with his first MLB RBI. Welcome to the big show Brad.

Mike Nickeas – 0 for 5 with two strikeouts. Where are you, Ronny Paulino?

Turning Point

The top of the third inning and the Mets hitting with RISP.

Game Ball

Split between David Wright and Chris Young. David Wright had a phenomenal offensive game, as did Chris Young. Mr. Young was 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run. He also pitched a pretty good game.

On Deck

The Mets will look to guarantee a winning series tomorrow, sending Mike Pelfrey to face-off against Joe Blanton of the Phillies. Game time is 7:10 pm

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