Coming off an offensive explosion to avoid the sweep against the Chicgo Cubs, the Mets headed West to open up a three game set in LA. This game wasn’t quite as lopsided, but the Mets still did end up with the “W”, taking the opener of the Dodgers series by a final score of 3-2.
Chris Young took the hill for his fifth start of the year and had the Dodgers number. Young was perfect through the first three nnings with a trio of punchouts already under his belt. The second time through the batting order however, presented some difficulties to Young as he started off the fourth allowing a double, triple and a single to tie up the ballgame at two a piece before regaining his composure to retire the side. After that it was all goose eggs as Young finished with a final line of 6 1/3 innings pitched allowing two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out six, taking his second win of the season to improve to 2-1 on the year and lowering his ERA to 3.30.
The offense was all-Wright today as he accounted for two of the three Mets runs, proving key in the win. Wright went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the first and a solo shot in the fourth. Nearly at the halfway point in the season, Wright is now batting .361 with 26 doubles, nine home runs and 49 RBIs on the year.
The go ahead run for the Mets came in the fifth when Mike Nickeas hit a one-out single and would come around to score on yet another two-out Mets run, this time in the form of an Andres Torres double to right, to put the Mets on top for good.
After that the bullpen came on and dominated –yes, you read that correctly– the weakened Dodger offense, allowing just one hit over 2 2/3 shutout innings. Parnell came on for his first save opportunity since being given the closer role in the absense of Frank Francisco, and pitched a perfect ninth, putting the Mets within 3.5 games of the NL East with their 41st victory of the year.
Hero Of The Game:
David Wright, for his 2-3 performance that proved to be the difference in today’s game.
-With last night’s outing, Chris Young has now started more games this year than either of the prior two seasons. He looks as good as ever, going deeper into ballgames, great command, and above all, looking healthy.
-Wright, besides his 2-3 night, also had a walk. This walk represented Wright’s 581st walk of his career, breaking Darryl Strawberry’s franchise record of 580 free passes in a Met uniform. Congrats to Wright as he continues to set almost every Met offensive record.
-Andres Torres had his seventh double of the year and his eighth stolen base aswell.
-Mike Nickeas is starting to pick it up offensively as of late as he is batting .292 in his past ten games.
R.A. Dickey looks to rebound from his nightmare of an outing in the finale of the Subway Series today against Aaron Harang and the Dodgers starting tonight at 10:10pm Eastern.