Take eight Mike Pelfrey strikeouts to match a career high, one Kirk Nieuwenhuis game-tying homer and a dash of ninth-inning drama culminating in Daniel Murphy’s walk-off single vs. the Nats. Add it up, and behold a 4-0 Mets start.
Mike Pelfrey started off the first game of home series against the Nationals. Surprisingly he did better than I thought he would. The big man lasted 5.2 innings of decent pitching allowing a pretty high 10 hits but only allowing three runs to show for it. He walked one batter and struck out a career high eight batters. He threw 104 pitches and continues to be a groundout pitcher, relying mostly on his defense to bail him out. His sinker was the big concern of his and it actually had some sink on it finally and was able to get batters to ground into double plays and accounted six groundouts in his start. Pelfrey’s first start leaves him with a 4.76 ERA and a no decision.
Batista finished the sixth inning for Pelfrey with a strikeout. But after walking two in the seventh he was replaced by Ramon Ramirez who pitched a hitless inning. Jon Rauch also pitched two hitless innings after him and got the win. This bullpen is impressive!
Not much offense from the Mets as the only big hits were Wright’s RBI, Kirk Niewenhuis’ first career homerun that tied the game at three and Murphy’s walk-off sac fly to win.
Ike, Bay, and Duda all had an 0-fer.
Kirk Niewenhuis’ first career homerun. A two run shot at that.
That was Murphy’s second career walk-off hit.
Mets undefeated and still in first! First 4-0 start since 2007.
Hero of the game
Kirk Niewenhuis’ first career homerun that tied the game 3-3!
The Mets continue their three-game series against the Nationals tomorrow night at Citi Field with Dillon Gee facing off against Ross Detwiler. Game time is 7:10 PM.