Mike Pelfrey went a strong seven and two-thirds innings, and the offense hit when it mattered and the Mets won the last game of the series, 5-2.
Mike Pelfrey had his second strong outing of the season, going seven and two-third innings, allowing two runs, one unearned on four hits, walking two and striking out five. Pelfrey had no help from his defense, which made two errors including one leading to a run. Other than the home run given up to Mike Fontenot, Pelfrey was in control, the most in control he has been in a while. To be able to completely give the bullpen off sans closer Francisco Rodriguez is a great thing.
Francisco Rodriguez came out to finish the eighth inning, and got out of it with a caught stealing. K-Rod came out for the ninth, and was shaky as has been his penchant this year, walking Mike Fontenot, then allowing him to second on fielders indifference, striking out Aubrey Huff, walking Nate Schierholtz, striking out Miguel Tejada, and then getting pinch-hitter Buster Posey to ground into a fielders choice. It was K-Rod’s seventh save, but his WHIP is a frightening 1.88, which is higher then his ERA of 1.35. Either K-Rod improves his ability to allow hits or walks, or he is going to see his ERA skyrocket.
The offense today struck in two bursts, drawing blood in the second on a Ronny Paulino double-play ball that scored Jason Bay, and a Jose Reyes triple that cleared the bases scoring Scott Hairston and Mike Pelfrey. The final blow came with a Carlos Beltran two-run home run scoring David Wright with a shot to left field. The Mets didn’t score after that, but today they didn’t need much more offense the way Pelfrey was pitching
David Wright – 1 for 3 with a run, a walk and an SB. David has 8 SB’s on the year and looks like he will push the envelope on the bases.
Hu – 0 for 3 with a walk and two strikeouts..and an error. Defensive specialist, eh?
Carlos Beltran – 1 for 4 with two RBI, a run and a strikeout. Right side of the plate.
Jose Reyes – 1 for 4 with two RBI and two strikeouts.
Ronny Paulino – 0 for 2 with a walk, and threw out a runner in a key spot in the eighth.
The Carlos Beltran home run in the fifth after the Giants pulled within one run.
Mike Pelfrey. If he can establish consistency and pitch like a league-average pitcher, this will work out. If not, Triple A for some refocusing.
The Mets will continue their homestand against Mr. 29 game hit streak Andre Ethier and the Dodgers, sending Jonathan Niese to the mound to face up against the Dodgers’ Hiroki Kuroda . Game time is 7:10 P.M.