Mets took advantage of their opportunities tonight and pulled off a 7-4 win in Philadelphia , giving them back-to-back wins against their division rivals.
So you know that large majority of you that like defense? You should leave now. However, if you enjoy beating the Phillies, I permit you to stay. So… all of you, stay.
Two errors for each team (and two wild pitches for Ramon Ramirez) made this an interesting contest. Miguel Batista started for the Mets tonight and actually did not do a horrible job. I think he is useful for a spot start or two, but the Mets could really compete with a rent-a-fifth-starter. Santana, Dickey, Niese, Gee, and Fifth Starter is nothing to sneeze at.
Anyway, Batista was not really dominant, but he sort of kept a bend and not break attitude out there. A final line of 5.1 IP with 8 H, 4 R (2 ER) with 2 BB/1 K. He was drilled for a Pence two-run shot in the bottom of the first for the 2 earned runs – the second two scored after a Batista errant pick off throw. I personally think they should’ve been earned, as the subsequent hits he allowed drove the runs home. Acosta went on to pick up the last two outs in the sixth with two on – and vultured the win out of the bullpen because the Mets would go on to score four in the seventh.
Ramon Ramirez pitched a clean seventh and went on to start the eighth, but worked his way into trouble. He let up a single, but two wild pitches in the next two ABs would lead to a man on third with one out. He managed to pick up the K and Byrdak bailed him out by getting Wigginton to fly out right after to keep the Phillies at bay. A single by Rollins in the ninth against Rauch, but practically no trouble for him as he picked up save number 1 on the year.
Joe Blanton had the Mets stymied for the most part, allowing only a run on a Daniel Murphy single in the fourth through the first six innings. Five hits and three walks for Blanton – and it all caught up to him in the seventh.
With runners on the corners and two out, Captain Kirk hit one into right for an RBI base knock and the Phillies subsequently beamed Blanton out of there. And then the gods smiled on the Mets, as a base hit into right for Wright ended up putting him on third and scoring both Torres and Nieuwenhuis – because of a Pete Orr error. He had both Philly errors in the contest. It was a botched rundown and throw and one could say we had a stroke of luck.
Duda would drive home Wright to make it 5-4 and give the Mets their first lead of the night. They would tack on two in the ninth off a Nieuwenhuis SAC Fly and another RBI hit for Duda with two down.
Insurance runs late in the game – the mark of a good team, and I was very happy to see that go on.
Not a sharp night for Nickeas behind the plate as both Pierre and Orr got steals on him and he was hit with a pitch.
Hero Of The Game
Oddly enough, I will say Lucas Duda. Two-out RBI hits are important – and two of them in one night for a struggling hitter is a great sign.
Acosta picks up the win to improve to 1-2 so far. 7th hold for Byrdak already this season, and as previously mentioned, save number uno for Rauch.
Wind was blowing out to CF tonight – surprised to see only one ball leave the yard.
Seriously, what more does Kirk have to do to earn a safe spot up here? Another impressive day for him.
All the Duda Day… The Dude is looking better at the plate. We need him to keep it up if we want to compete.
Rob Johnson was called up to replace Thole while he is on the 7-day DL. I love the 7-day DL.
The Mets have a ton of runs with 2 out this year – over 50% of their overall production.
Nice to see us taking advantage of the Utley/Howard-less Phillies. A win is a win, no matter when it happens in the season. It was the Mets’ league-leading 10th comeback win.
Off Topic – if I was an MLB pitcher, I would be really scared to pitch to Josh Hamilton.
Tomorrow evening, the Mets face a tough task in a returning Cliff Lee for the Phils. Gee toes the rubber against him in a 7:05 pm start – the Mets look for the sweep.