Mike Pelfrey had another bad outing, but the bullpen brigade and a great comeback spearheaded by Carlos Beltran helped the Mets split the series and win the game, 9-8
Mike Pelfrey was hit hard from the onset of the game, getting shelled for three runs in the first, second and one in the third. For those who don’t want to read that, Mike Pelfrey gave up SEVEN RUNS in three innings. His final line was five innings, seven runs on ten hits including a home run, with one walk and three strikeouts. The Pirates stole with impunity today, taking three bags on Pelfrey. This was a real head-turning effort for Pelfrey, because he seemed to be turning a corner in terms of not being a bad pitcher.
The bullpen combined to ONLY allow one run in four innings, which is a major improvement in the last few days. Tim Byrdak allowed one hit in his one inning, but navigated around it by picking off Xavier Paul. Bobby Parnell after his last disastrous outing got two outs, walked someone, moved him to second with a wild pitch then struck out the last batter. His final line was one inning, one walk, one strikeout. Izzy came out in an attempt to provoke a fourth TJ surgery, and gave up one hit and struck out two in his inning of work to earn the win. K-Rod came out today after having a tooth pulled yesterday, and gave up two hits and a run in one inning, striking out one to earn his sixteenth save.
Bullpen, better today but definitely overworked. The entire bullpen has had outings in the last two days, and it seems like its beginning to take a toll.
The offense today was trying to atone for Pelfrey’s horrible outing, and they started it with a bang. Carlos Beltran obliterated a shot to left field for a three-run home run in the third showing he still has gas in the tank, and is an #RBIWhore (check the twitter, numerous whore jokes). The Mets weren’t going to lose another game in such criminally embarrassing fashion and went ballistic in the sixth. Ruben “Secret Squirrel” Tejada, two-RBI single, Daniel Murphy, pinch-hit RBI single, Tejada advancing to third on an error, then scoring on a passed-ball. The Mets weren’t content with the 7-7 tie, and a Ruben Tejada sac-fly and a Carlos Beltran bases-loaded walk made the game 9-7.
This was the best comeback, if the only comeback the Mets have had this season. The offense was operating on all cylinders, and even without a ridiculous Jose Reyes or Justin Turner, they managed to put up nine runs.
Beltran was the only Met who put up more than one hit.
Tejada – 1 for 3 with a run and three RBI. Big day Ruben, be a shame when they send you back down. IF they do.
Reyes – 1 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts. Back from the bereavement list.
Paulino – 1 for 4, most of the AB’s against a lefty. Waiting for the “lefty-mashing” element of Paulino.
The epic sixth inning putting across four runs on what amounted to essentially no major hits.
Carlos Beltran – 2 for 4 with four RBI, two runs and a walk. Beltran is really a monster when he locks in.
The Mets will look to take on the division rival Atlanta Braves tommorrow at Citi Field, and will send Jonathon Niese to the mound against Derek Lowe. Game time is 7:10 P.M.
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