Mets Merized Online » game recap Fri, 20 Jan 2017 01:11:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wheeler Deals, Mets Sweep Braves In Nightcap, 6-1 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:11:47 +0000 zack wheeler 3

On a day billed as Super Tuesday, the Real Deal and the Wheel Deal became running mates that Mets fans hope to support for years to come.  Just hours after Matt Harvey held the Braves hitless into the seventh inning, Zack Wheeler kept Atlanta off the scoreboard through six frames, picking up the victory in his much-anticipated major league debut, as the Mets defeated the Braves, 6-1, to take both ends of a day-night doubleheader at Turner Field.

With his parents in attendance, Wheeler went after the Braves with an assortment of blazing fastballs and tantalizing sliders.  Atlanta’s hitters had trouble putting the ball in play, as Wheeler struck out five batters and walked four through the first three innings.  But any jitters Wheeler might have had in his first three innings dissipated over his next three, as the neophyte settled down from innings four through six, walking only one batter, while striking out two and inducing a rally-killing double play from Jason Heyward in the fifth.

As great as Wheeler was, the game was still scoreless entering the seventh inning.  At 102 pitches, Wheeler was clearly running out of gas.  Fortunately for him and for the team, his battery mate was still fresh, as Anthony Recker’s two-run homer to straightaway center gave the Mets a 2-0 lead.  After Scott Atchison injured himself while warming up to start the seventh, Brandon Lyon came into the game in relief and promptly allowed the Braves to cut the lead in half.  But that was as close as Atlanta got, as the Mets added four insurance runs in the eighth and David Aardsma pitched two scoreless innings to close out Wheeler’s first win in the majors.

Wheeler pitched six innings, allowing no runs on four hits.  He walked five and struck out seven.

In the doubleheader, Harvey and Wheeler combined to pitch 13 innings, allowing three runs (all of which scored after Harvey was removed from the game).  Atlanta’s hitters managed just seven hits off the Dynamic Duo and struck out 20 times.

In 1986, the band Timbuk3 became one-hit wonders with the song, “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades”.  With Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler both earning victories today, the bright future for the Mets may have finally arrived.  Get your shades ready, Mets fans, because I think Harvey and Wheeler are not going to be one-hit wonders.  But other teams might be lucky to get one hit against them.

New York Mets Photo Day


From The Department of “I Did Not Know That”:

  • Zack Wheeler walked five batters and struck out seven while pitching six shutout innings.  Only eight pitchers in Mets history had ever pitched at least six shutout innings with 5+ walks and 7+ strikeouts.  Nolan Ryan accomplished the feat three times – once in 1968 and twice in 1970.  The other seven players to accomplish this rare feat include some of the best pitchers in franchise history.  Those pitchers are Jerry Koosman (1968), Buzz Capra (1972), Sid Fernandez (1985), Bobby Jones (1993), Armando Reynoso (1998), Al Leiter (2000) and Johan Santana (2012).  And yes, the Johan Santana effort in 2012 was his no-hitter.
  • Although this was the Mets’ fifth doubleheader played at Turner Field since the park opened in 1997, it’s the first time they’ve ever recorded a doubleheader sweep at Turner Field.  The Mets had not swept a doubleheader in Atlanta since July 7, 1987, when Ron Darling and Terry Leach won both ends of a twinbill at Atlanta’s Fulton County Stadium.
  • David Wright recorded the 1,500th hit of his career with a ninth inning single.  The only other current Met with more than 500 career hits in a Mets uniform is Daniel Murphy, who has 542 hits.
  • Although Bobby Parnell was not needed to pitch in the nightcap, the closer did record his 10th save of the season in the first game of the doubleheader.  In doing so, he became the first homegrown Mets closer to record ten saves in a single season since Anthony Young saved 15 games for the Mets in 1992.
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Wright Blasts 200th Career Home Run In Mets 3-1 Loss To Astros Sat, 25 Aug 2012 02:46:34 +0000

Mets extended their losing streak to six straight after falling  3-1 to the Houston Astros tonight, despite a strong start by Jon Niese and career home run number 200 for David Wright.

Niese has been consistent in his last couple of starts and has kept up the recent string of good pitching from Mets starters. Seven strong innings for Niese where he gave up only three runs. He gave up two runs in the second on back-to-back doubles that gave the Astros the early lead. He threw blanks until the seventh were he gave up a solo homer to shortstop, Tyler Greene.

Niese had trouble getting out of the inning, but a great diving play and strong throw from Ruben Tejada finally got the job done. Hakuna Tejada. Niese would get pulled after that with his team down by two. He walked two, and struck out five in his 108 pitch start. Despite his strong start, the offense continues to fall flat.

Rob Carson got one out in the eighth and then Frank Francisco took over to finish the inning with two strikeouts. Manny Acosta got the bid for the ninth and got two outs before Josh Edgin came in to finish the inning

Mets offense has been non-existent tonight was no different.  Just one run on four hits and ten men left on base, including a runner on first and third with no one out situation. Terrible.

David Wright had a huge and memorable night at the plate. He had two hits, including his 200th career home run, and a single that he tried stretching into a double and got nailed. He’s now batting .319 on the season.

Justin Turner got the start at second, giving Daniel Murphy the day off. He had one hit and a HBP. Call him, maybe?

Ruben Tejada, Mike Baxter, Ike Davis, Jordany Valdespin, and Josh Thole all had 0-fers tonight. Ike walked twice while Thole is hitless in last 16 at-bats.

Game Ball

David Wright of course who continues to rewrite the Mets record books.


The Mets haven’t scored more than two runs in seven games now. Wow.

The Mets have fallen behind the Phillies and are fourth in the league, just ahead of the Marlins.

John Maine, who is with the Yankees’ triple-A team, pitched against Buffalo tonight. He allowed two unearned runs on five hits, two walks, three wild pitches, a hits batsman, and struck out three in six innings of work against our Bisons. He threw 101 pitches as well.

Joe D’s Mets Limerick

The Mets have a catcher named Thole.

Whose at-bats are rather unholy.

He plays with such grit, but can’t buy a hit,

And the worst part’s his defense is lowly.

(Sorry, Joe D. doesn’t do haiku’s.)

Up Next

The Mets continue their series against the Astros tomorrow in Citi Field when RA Dickey (15-4, 2.82 ERA) takes on Fernando Abad (0-0, 3.86 ERA) at 1:10 pm ET. Former Met, Fernando Martinez is likely to be in the starting lineup for the Astros .


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Oh-No-Han! Santana Shelled, But Despite Late Rally Mets Fall 7-6 To Dodgers Sat, 21 Jul 2012 03:43:59 +0000

After the Mets narrowly avoided being swept by the Nationals,they open up the Dodgers series with another loss as Santana delivered another lackluster performance. Murphy and Valdespin were great, but the rest of the guys could not capitalize so Mets lose tonight 7-6.

Johan Santana does not like pitching in the second half so far. Another rough start as he allowed six earned runs on seven hits, two homers, two walks, while striking out three in only three innings pitched. If you are not worried about Johan by now, you should be. He is having a rough July. in three starts this month he hasn’t pitched pass the fifth inning, and has allowed  a whopping six runs in each of those three starts. He has allowed a total of six home runs in that span, that’s more than he allowed in his five starts in June. He has had a winless June, and his ERA…well let’s just say it’s through the roof. Santana losses his seventh game of the season and now has a 3.98 ERA.

Pedro Beato pitched two hitless innings, while striking out one. Ramon Ramirez also picked up two innings as he allowed one run on two hits, one walk, and struck out three. That one run was really the difference maker. Tim Byrdak and Jon Rauch combined for two scoreless innings and three stikeouts.

How in the world is Jordany Valdespin not starting everyday? If there was such a thing, he would win the MVPH (Most Valuable Pinch-Hitter) award. He has done it again with another pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh that got the Mets within one run of tying the game. In the ninth, he stayed in as the left-fielder, and got a base hit and made it to second on a throwing error. The old saying of “Money Plays” is in force here as Bay continues to start over Valdespin in left field.

Daniel Murphy had an impressive night with four hits, including a double, an RBI and a run. Almost back up to what he was hitting early in the season as he is at a .297 batting average.

David Wright and Josh Thole both went 0-for-3 with a walk each, and three strikeouts combined. Wright is hitting .350, while Thole is hitting .270.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ronny Cedeno, and Justin Turner all had one at-bat and all struck out.

Game Ball

Would have been Valdespin if the Mets capitalized on his big hit, however, Murphy’s four-hit night was impressive and gets the game ball.


Jordany Valdespin is still the man right now.

Ike Davis had one hit tonight. He has 61 hits for the season with 53 RBIs, hitting .207.

Up Next

Matt Harvey Miguel Batista will start Saturday for the day against the Dodgers and former Met, Chris Capuano. Game time is 1:10 PM on WPIX. Let’s Go Mets! Stop losing!

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Young Lasts Three Innings, Mets Walk Eleven In 7-5 Loss To Braves Sat, 14 Jul 2012 04:06:38 +0000

Welcome back to the second half of the season, folks! Mets opened up their series in Atlanta against the Braves, and everybody is really missing Dillon Gee. Mets pitchers implode in 7-5 loss.

The night the lights went out in Georgia… After an early sixteen minute power outage delay in Turner Field, the ballgame continued and already the Mets were down 2-0 in the first inning. After Chris Young gave up an RBI single to Heyward that knocked in Bourn who doubled, he walked three batters that allowed the second run to come in. Young then gave up a three-run homer to the Braves backup catcher, David Ross, that put the Mets down 5-0 early in the game.

That would be all for Chris Young as he gets yanked for a pinch hitter. Only three innings pitched, five runs, three walks and six hits surrendered by Young tonight, and half of them were extra-base hits. It’s the shortest outing and most runs allowed by Chris Young since June, 2009 when he was with the Padres.Young threw 71 pitches on the night, with half being in just the first inning. Chris gets his third loss of the season, and a 4.28 ERA.

Luckily, the Mets bats zapped back to life with a four spot in the top of the fourth inning. David Wright with his 28th double of the season, followed by a Duda walk and an RBI double from Hairston gives them one run back. A two-run single from Kirk Nieuwenhuis puts them within striking distance, and then Ruben Tejada puts the Mets on the Braves heel with a two-out, RBI single. Hakuna Tejada!

Miguel Batista came in for relief, and he gave up a double to the first batter to face him, the pitcher, Tim Hudson. After back-to-back ground outs, with help from a great play by Tejada, Batista walked Heyward on four pitches, and then got Chipper Jones to ground out to end the jam. In the next inning, Batista got one out, then walked three straight batters before finally being pulled. Everyone will be watching Matt Harvey’s Triple-A start on Monday.

Josh Edgin made his major league debut to bail out Batista. Strikes out both batters with impressive sliders to end the fifth and got the Mets out a bases-loaded jam. Edgin proceeded to do well in his debut as he got two outs in the sixth, including another strikeout, before running into Chipper Jones, who hits a homerun into center field. That is Larry’s 49th career homer off the Mets. Welcome to the team, Josh! Edgin is removed after a double by Freeman.

Ramon Ramirez is up next, pitching 1.1 innings with an RBI single in the sixth, then getting a one-two-three seventh inning. Tim Bydrak and Pedro Beato combine for an inning with two walks from Byrdak and one from Beato.

Ruben Tejada, David Wright, and Scott Hairston all had two hits tonight. Wright with a double, a run, two K’s and a .353 batting average. Tejada with an RBI, a strikeout, and a .327 batting average. Hairston with a double, a run, an RBI, 2 K’s, and five men left on base. “He stinks!”

Ike Davis and Lucas Duda both had two walks each. Duda had two strikeouts, while Ike had one hit. Ike is keeping his head above water with a .203 batting average.

Josh Thole and Daniel Murphy combine for nine men left on base. Murphy with an 0-fer, Thole with a single, and a strikeout.


Mets had bases loaded, nobody out in the fifth inning. Hairston K’d, Kirk K’d, Thole flies out. Terrible job.

Mets pitching combined for 11 walks, that’s a season high.

Nieuwenhuis now has 87 Ks in 87 games. Mets record is 161 by Wright in ’10. Kirk is looking to lose playing time, so he won’t get there.

Andres Torres is back after not playing for a week with back woes. 1-for-2 tonight, with an RBI and a strikeout.

Chipper Jones has 1,594 career RBIs, which is third most in MLB by a third baseman. I have a feeling Wright will destroy that.

Game Ball

Josh Edgin, for being the only pitcher that didn’t walk anyone.

Up Next

Dickey starts his second half as the Mets continue to play the Braves, who have Tommy Hanson on the mound. Game time set for 4:05 PM on FOX.

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Mets Avoid Sweep In Edge Of Your Seat 6-5 Win Over Jays Sun, 20 May 2012 21:22:01 +0000

The Mets have had terrible luck in the White North of Canada against the Blue Jays. Luckily with David Wright back, they were able to put some runs on the board. After two short starts from Jon Niese and Miguel Batista, we were able to find a starter that could at least reach the seventh inning. Dillon Gee had a nice start that was exactly what the Mets needed. Allowing three runs on five hits, including a homerun, in 6.2 innings on the mound. He gave up four walks and struck out six on the way to his third win.

Bobby Parnell came in to close out the seventh and induced a ground out. He stayed in for the eighth and was greeted by back-to-back doubles by J.P. Arencibia and Eric Thames. It was not a bad decision to leave Parnell in for the eighth, he had only two pitches in the seventh. It just didn’t work out. He ends with an inning pitched, three hits, two runs and a strikeout on a 101 MPH fastball. Luckily Tim Byrdak was able to save it getting the last out.

Frank Francisco came in to close it in the ninth against his old team. There were boos from the crowd, however, New York still boos him louder. He walked the first batter, gave up a base hit then strike out, strike out, strike out to end the game. Save number ten. Never a dull moment with him.

Lucas Duda and Andres Torres both had 0-fers. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had one hit, a double, and an RBI.

Daniel Murphy didn’t have a hit last game and goes 1-5 today with an RBI and a strikeout. He’s batting .319.

Ike Davis finally wakes up with his first hit in the series. Also had an RBI. Now hitting .163 on the season.

Rob Johnson and Ronny Cedeno with two hits each, a double for Johnson and Cedeno scored a run.

Mike Baxter had a great game getting three hits, a single, double and a triple. He couldn’t get the homerun for the cycle, but you can add two runs and an RBI to his day.

David Wright is back in the lineup and had two hits today, a single and a double. He knocked in two and scored one. However, he did strikeout twice and his second strikeout was with the bases loaded to end the top of the eighth. He is batting .412 on the season.


David Wright with two hits gives him 1,302 career hits and is now in sole possession of second place on the Mets all time hit list.

The Mets have now gone 8,009 games without a no-hitter.

Baxter nearly had the second cycle of the season but fell a homer shy of accomplishing the feat.

Game Ball

Dillon Gee had a solid effort and splits the game ball with Wright and Baxter.

Up Next

The Mets fly to Pittsburgh to try to get back into a winning streak. Santana faces Bedard and the Pirates. Game time 7:05 PM.

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Gee Struggles, Defense Weak In Mets First Loss, 6-2 To Nationals Wed, 11 Apr 2012 04:12:23 +0000

Dillon Gee had a subpar outing, and the combination of poor defensive play by Daniel Murphy & Lucas Duda led to the Mets receiving their first loss of the season, a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Washington Nationals.

Game Recap

Dillon Gee started the game on a bad note, giving up a lead-off home run to Ian Desmond. Gee was hit hard all day and obviously didn’t have his best control, but getting out of trouble until the sixth inning with timely double plays. Gee left after five and one-third innings, giving up 4 runs, 3 earned on eight hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Gee suffered the same fate as Mike Pelfrey – giving up hard hit after hard hit and finally paying for it in the sixth.

After Gee allowed three hits in the sixth inning that scored one run, Bobby Parnell was brought in to stop the bleeding and would have gotten out of the inning with the double-play he needed if not for a tailor-made double-play ball being booted by Daniel Murphy. Parnell then gave up a double, and struck out the last two batters. Parnell came out for the seventh, gave up a walk, a double and a single, and then struck out the last two batters again. Parnell’s final line doesn’t look horrible, but is a far cry from his first two outings. Parnell went one and two-thirds, giving up one run on three hits, walking one and striking out four. Miguel Batista faired slightly better, giving up a sac-fly but exhibiting poor control. Batista’s final line was two innings, one run allowed on two hits with two walks and one strikeout.

The bullpen finally showed some signs of cracking, but this game could have gone in a different direction if not for the Murphy error. Lucas Duda also horribly misplayed a ball that lead to a Wilson Ramos RBI double, but was not charged an error.

The offense, without Ike Davis, Josh Thole and David Wright struggled to manufacture runs, missing a chance in the first inning to bring Ruben Tejada, who was on third home with no outs. The only two Mets runs came on a Justin Turner RBI single in the seventh and a Ronny Cedeno RBI double in the eighth. The futility with runners in scoring position continued, with the Mets stranding 15 baserunners.

Daniel Murphy – 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and the aforementioned error

Ike Davis – 0 for 1 with a strikeout. Ike is 0 for 16 with seven strikeouts.

Jason Bay – 1 for 4 with a run scored and two strikeouts. Bay popped out to third with one out in the first, stopping a rally cold.

Ronny Cedeno – 3 for 4 with one RBI. The lone bright-spot in the Mets lineup.

GOAT Of The Game

Daniel Murphy’s crucial error in the sixth inning was a sure-fire double play and could have gotten the Mets out of the inning down only two. Instead, it opened the flood gates and allowed two more runs to score. The Mets aren’t expecting Murphy to win a gold glove, but turning a routine double-play ball is a MUST.

Game Notes

David Wright, who missed the game originally with a sore pinky finger, was diagnose with a small fracture in that same finger. As with all Mets injuries, his timetable is unknown.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis came out to pinch hit, and went 0-1 with a walk. Kirk hasn’t done anything to hurt his chances of staying with the club, and if Bay continues to struggle, seeing a platoon upon Torres return seems fair.

Up Next

The Mets will look to win the series tomorrow in the deciding game, sending Johan Santana to the hill against Stephen Strasburg. Game time is 1:10 P.M. and the game can be viewed on SNY

For other thoughts on the game or anything Mets related, follow me on twitter @TheSeanKenny

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Evans And Wright Snap Mets Losing Streak With 7-4 Win Wed, 24 Aug 2011 21:38:08 +0000

Game Summary

Mets avoid a sweep against the Phillies and end a five game losing streak as the Mets take a 7-4 win thanks to the man nobody remembers, Nick Evans.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey was laboring today, requiring a career-high 125 pitches to get through six innings, but notched his first win since July 27. He got knocked for three runs on nine hits, two walks, and two Ks. Not terrible, but Mike Pelfrey has become a joke to me. You shouldn’t need that many pitches for six innings. But you gotta give it to him that he can throw that many and Terry Collins to leave him in when managers baby their starters with pitch counts. Pelfrey is now 7-10 on the season with a 4.10 ERA.

Byrdak and Acosta combine for two innings pitched with Tim giving up an unearned run.

Bobby Parnell finally got his first save of the season with an inning pitched, two walks, and two strikeouts. Definitely not a calm inning, but he finally didn’t blow it.

Nick Evans and David Wright, two of my favorites, lead the Mets offense today with six hits combined, and hit six of the Mets RBIs. Duda being the other.

Nick Evans matched a career high with three hits, including a three-run homer, and finished with four RBIs before being double-switched out of the game. With Duda in right and Ike and Murphy out, Evans will probably be the remaining first baseman. I have no problem with that.

Wright had three hits, one being a solo homerun.

Bay, Turner, and Thole all had 0-fers. But Thole did have some words to spare with Placido Polanco today. The Mets players must hate them as much as the fans.

Gary Matthews Sr., a Phillies broadcaster, proceeded to set Twitter afire by saying on air: “The Mets are crybabies. That’s why they lose.” This rivalry is just brutal.

Game Ball

The no longer benchwarmer, Nick Evans.

Up Next

Capuano and Tim Hudson start off a Braves-Mets series. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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System Failure: Mets 10 Games Back In Wild Card After 9-5 Loss To Padres Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:10:51 +0000 Game Summary

Poor defense, thirteen men left-on-base, and poor pitching cost Mets another loss despite late inning rally. Fall ten back of WC with 9-5 Loss.

Game Notes

RA Dickey, bad start, good finish, no luck. Twenty-four starts, five wins. He was off to a poor start to the season, but haven’t had the chance to win. Five runs given up in the first three innings, but nothing in his next three innings. Six innings, six hits, five runs – three earned, one walk, one strikeout. A knuckleball that has not been effective, and a fastball that was not helpful. 81 pitches and a 3.75 ERA. I still like him, but if an offer comes around in the offseason that could better the Mets, especially the bullpen, well then triggers need to be pulled.

Beato pitched two innings in relief. First inning gave up two hits, one run, one walk, one K. Second inning, 1-2-3. Parnell has been around for three years, and has not become a pitcher yet, just a guy who can throw 100 MPH. A starter, reliever, setup man, closer: none of which he was even good at. I need sabermetrics to know what he is, he sucks. Can’t even tag a base with his foot. He needs to leave. Four hits, three runs, thirty pitches for one inning.

Only two errors read on the scorecard tonight for the Mets, but many mental errors were made. Tejada not tagging out a runner who almost ran him over, poor sliding, Harris not playing in when he should, Parnell not tagging first, not throwing the ball where he needs to, poor throw to second by Dickey, Turner not catching that throw, throwing error by Pagan. This team needs to get it together.

The hitting was there tonight for the Mets with fourteen hits, but only four runs. The younger, bottom of the lineup players were the bigger contributors. Despite a late inning rally, the thirteen men LOB, ends it in a loss.

Tejada had three hits, and a double.

Thole had four hits, one double. His four hits, tie a career high.

Nick Evans had a PH RBI double. Can we start including him in the starting lineup over Mike Baxter now? Baxter in his ML starting debut, 1-3, 2 BB, K.

Angel Pagan left the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with lower back spasms.

Game Ball

The youngsters, I guess

Up Next

Jon Niese and Cory Luebke face off in finale. Game time 12:10 PM.

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Duda Delivers A Walk-Off Hit And Leads Amazins To A 9-8 Win! Tue, 09 Aug 2011 05:06:49 +0000

Game Summary

Another sub-par start for Pelfrey, smashed up bullpen, but thankfully the Mets offense never died. After losing two of the biggest offensive attributes, the Mets rallied late to get the walk-off victory, 9-8!

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey; here we go again. Another Mike Pelfrey sub-par start tonight. He’s not the groundball pitcher we knew a couple years ago with his impressive sinking fastball. Expect him to be the first person sent out of New York in the offseason. But for now we have him and he gave us 6.1 innings pitched with four runs on nine hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. 107 pitches, 4.53 ERA, no decision. Not a great start but thankfully the offense has backed everyone up and kept the Mets in the game.

Beato finished up the seventh inning for Pelfrey. He later came out for the eighth but walked a batter then hit a batter, and was taken out. Iggy relieved him and gave up a walk, a K, two hits and four runs – two charged to Beato – in an inning pitched. Don’t expect Igarashi back next year either, if he does, it’ll be a minor league contract. Izzy pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and later got the win.

Mets offense has been quite something this season. Nine runs, twelve hits, three homeruns, and a walk-off hit!

With homeruns for Pagan, David Wright, and Jason Bay, the 200th homerun of his career. Mets seem to have their pop back!

Turner with two hits, Wright with two hits, and Lucas Duda with three hits and the walk-off hit! Wow.

The Mets have lost Jose Reyes for while and Daniel Murphy for the season, but not their never-say-die attitude. They rallied for three runs in the ninth against ex-Met Heath Bell to produce a 9-8 victory. Lucas Duda had a two-run walk-off single, which followed David Wright’s RBI.

Mike Baxter, former Padre, in his Mets debut, had a pinch-hit RBI double. Nice.

Willie Harris: 0-3, and only saw seven pitches. Where’d Nick Evans go?

I have no words with this game, only celebrations! Pitching has been a sore spot, but thank the baseball Gods for the Mets offense!

Game Ball

Lucas Duda! Three hits and the clutch!

Up Next

Capuano and Matt LeBlanc face off in CitiField. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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Mets Slug Four And Steal Four In 11-7 Win Over Braves! Sun, 07 Aug 2011 03:37:36 +0000

Game Summary

Mets snap a five game losing streak with an offensive outburst. Mets hit four homeruns in a game for the first time this season, from three guys who combine for thirteen homeruns on the season. Niese didn’t have his A game but the offense helped him and bullpen was decent. Mets outslug and out run the Braves in an eleven-seven win!

Game Notes

Jon Niese is at the point where usually where he starts to ware down and start to struggle in the summer. He had some nasty stuff in the first two innings, with his cutter, curve, and sinker. However, had himself a nightmare inning in the third, allowing five runs to cross. Of course a “What are you thinking” type play from Wright didn’t help when he touched a ball that could have rolled foul. There was a debate in the booth about letting him go into the sixth, but Niese’s pitches were such easy-hitters, it was good that he got pulled when he did. So a final line of five innings, ten hits, two walks, five runs, and six Ks. When the rosters expand, expect extra days rest for Niese to help him get to the finish line at the end of the season. Niese ends the night with a 4.12 ERA. Also got the W.

Tim Byrdak in the sixth inning, threw the first 1-2-3 inning in the game, also striking out two. Beato who hasn’t pitched since last Sunday, gave up a run on two hits and a K in an inning of work. Parnell, we learned wanted to be a firefighter growing up, threw some heat with one walk, one K in a hitless inning of work. Acosta gave up a lead off homerun to the red hot Uggla, but would work out the inning with no more runs allowed.

Well it looks like we finally got that big hitting Mets offense back. Tallying eleven runs on sixteen hits and four, yes count ‘em, four homeruns. With every starting position player in the Mets lineup got a hit, and even some bench guys.

Reyes shaking off a starting slump with two hits, a run, RBI, walk, a steal of second, and a steal of third.

Turner had an unusual power night, hitting two homeruns (third and fourth of the season), one to right, one to left. Four RBIs, two runs, but also two Ks for him.

Murphy had his 300th career hit with a base knock in the first. This would be his only hit, but had a run scored. Tenth error for Murphy as well.

Wright had one hit, an RBI double in the first. Also had a walk and a run scored.

Pagan heated up tonight with three hits, two runs scored, a double, two stolen bases and a walk.

Bay had two hits, a two-run homerun being one of them. Eighth on the season. Three RBIs and two Ks end his night.

Duda and Hairston combine for two hits. RBI and run for Hairston as well.

Thole had the best night I think, three hits, double, second homerun of the season, one RBI, two runs, and a walk. Also threw out Bourn.

Nick Evans walked in his first AB since being DFA’d.

Mets fact: No Met has ever hit three homeruns in a home game. Not at the Polo Grounds, not at Shea, and not in Citi Field.

Game Ball

The whole Mets lineup. Great job boys!

Up Next

Two rookies, Gee and Minor go head-to-head in a rubber match. Game time is 1:10 PM.

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Murphy’s Gaffe Leads To Mets 7-3 Loss Tue, 02 Aug 2011 12:16:57 +0000 Game Summary

A Mike Pelfrey-esque start, a bullpen hold, a bad pitch by Izzy, poor offense against a 4+ ERA starter, and plenty of mental mistakes. A game Duda tied late, was lost in extras. Another one of those games. Mets lose 7-3.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey. What else can we say about him that hasn’t already been said about him? He’s not that good. Sure, he’s kept his team in it with only three runs – two earned – allowed, but watching him, you can see he just doesn’t have what he used to with his sinker. Six innings, two earned runs, three walks, three strikeouts, 119 pitches, 4.48 ERA. Our “ace” is not cutting it. But walks away with a ND.

Iggy pitched a one hit, one K inning in relief. Acosta and his…different hair style, pitched two one-two-three innings with four Ks. New hair-do is working for him.

In the first nine innings, Mets offense just didn’t want to get on the same page. A hit here, and out there, a double there, a flyout here. Luckily, Jason Bay hit a homerun where so few can hit a homerun in CitiField to give the Mets the first run for them. Seven on the season, three at home.

After a double by Pagan in the bottom of the ninth, Lucas Duda smashed a two-run homerun to center to tie up the game at three and send the game into extras. The Dude abides! Hairston feels deja-vu.

After Thole strikes out, the game goes into extras and Izzy entered to pitch. After an awkward first pitch that looked like he injured himself, he got himself into a base-loaded, one out jam.

No help from the brainless Daniel Murphy who didn’t throw the ball to Turner on first base with a runner stranded in a run down and got back safely. This of course coming from the guy who didn’t move the bat from home plate while Reyes was trying to score in the same game. Mets are now raising money to purchase a brain for Daniel Murphy. This is a serious issue for the Mets. Please donate. Call, 1-800-DUMB-ASS. Oh, and Mike Stanton shows off his power with a grandslam off Izzy to make it 7-3, Marlins. Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong, Daniel Murphy will probably do it.

Continuing on, Mets lose.

Game Ball

The Dude!

Up Next

Capuano and Brad Hand. Lefty matchup. Game time 7:10 PM.

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Mets Offense Still Exists Post-Beltran With 8-2 Win Thu, 28 Jul 2011 02:04:54 +0000 Game Summary

On a night where everyone seemed to be besides themselves after Beltran collected his belongings and was shipped to San Fran, the Mets cheered us up a little. Mike Pelfrey got a nice complete game win, a rarity for the Mets. Bullpen got a nice rest. And the Mets offense was lead by Wright and Murphy with an 8-2 win over the Reds.

Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey has been the butt of a lot of jokes this season, but fixed himself up tonight. A very nice, well needed win for him. A complete game victory with two runs given up on seven hits, one homerun, three K’s and no walks. His sixth victory of the season is earned, and if he keeps up starts like this tonight, maybe he can pull the wool over the Mets eyes again and convince them to keep him around.

Lucas Duda, took over for Beltran in right field, delivered a sixth-inning solo homer as the Mets took a 5-1 lead. Duda delivered only his second homer in 123 at-bats this season.

Angel Pagan returned to the starting lineup after battling dehydration and dizziness the last few days, opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first inning.

Daniel Murphy continues his offensive streak. Murphy finished with a career-high four hits tonight with two doubles (DM stands for doubles machine). Despite having four hits, only got one RBI, but having him hit third seems like it is going to work out.

David Wright continues to dominate since returning to the Mets. With two hits and a homerun, and four big RBIs to add to his RBI collection.

Jason Bay went 0-5 with a K. Harris who is in the lineup because of Beltran’s absence, went 0-3 with a K and two walks.

Game Ball

David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Mike Pelfrey all had great performances. But I’m giving it to Beltran as a goodbye present.

Up Next

Chris Capuano (8-10, 4.26 ERA) opposes right-hander Homer Bailey (5-4, 3.67) in the series finale.

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Mets Get Back To .500 With A 4-2 Win Over Reds Tue, 26 Jul 2011 02:26:07 +0000 Game Summary

RA Dickey had a great start going into the seventh with only two runs given up. Bullpen was stable and Izzy inches closer to 300 saves. Offense got plenty of hits and enough runs thanks to Murphy and company. Mets win 4-2 after a jam filled ninth. Mets are back at .500.

Game Notes

RA Dickey was asked about by other teams earlier this season, but the Mets said he’s off the table. Good thing, because he was impressive tonight. Going into the seventh inning with no runs given up until the sixth and seventh inning. Going 6.2 innings giving up eight hits, but getting out of jams with only two runs given up and one walk. Dickey continues to be a strong strikeout pitcher with 7 Ks tonight. Dickey kept his pitch count lower than normal with 86 and lowered his ERA to 3.74.

Bullpen has been a blow up this season. Beato walked his only batter on four pitches. Tim Byrdak struck out his only batter he faced. Bobby Parnell pulled himself together with a hitless inning with one walk and one K. Izzy recorded his 296th career save after a hair-pulling, heart stopping ninth inning.

Mets offense was getting hits, but not too many runs. Eleven collected hits but only four touching home base.

Jose Reyes had one hit and a run scored. Now hitting .351. Turner had two hits and a run. Beltran had no hits but an RBI and a walk. Wright continues to be hot with the bat since returning, getting two hits and a run, but not so much defensively with his third error in four games since returning from the DL.. Murphy had two hits with two doubles and two RBIs.

Game Ball

Daniel Murphy for his two doubles and giving the Mets the lead.

Up Next

Jon Niese looks for his tenth win of the season as he goes up against Johnny Cueto and the Reds. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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Holy Thole, Beltran Bomb, And Pa-GONE In Mets 6-5 Walkoff Win Thu, 21 Jul 2011 02:37:15 +0000 Game Summary

With the return of Beltran and Reyes, the Mets continue undefeated. Dickey pitched through a rough three run inning, bullpen was great, and some select few offensive players led the team to victory with a walk-off homerun from Pagan in extras. Mets in 6-5 in 10 innings.

Game Notes

Dickey must be thanking his lucky stars that the Mets still have Beltran tonight. With the backup of his offense, he survived the rocky third inning where he allowed three hurtful runs. Dicky with 93 pitches finished 6.1 innings with 8 hits and four runs. One run and four Ks round out his line. A no decision but his ERA rests at 3.80. Not the Dickey of yesteryear, but a decent pitcher.

Byrdak got his one out on one pitch. Beato got his one out on three pitches. Parnell looking to be the closer, gave up two hits and one run along with a walk and a K. IZZY! Wow! Two scoreless innings and struck out Pujols, Holliday, and Berkman in order. Say hello to your new closer this year.

Tonight’s offense was lead by a hitting pitcher, a new father, and a vet on borrowed time. Dickey had two hits and his first RBI, Thole had two hits, a double, two RBIs, and a run scored (all one day after his son, Camden, was born), and Carlos Beltran had one hit, a two-run bomb, and a walk. Of course, Angel Pagan had the walk-off homerun to win it in extras.

Reyes went 0-5 with a run. Turner, Murphy, and Duda each had one hit, and two walks for Duda.

Jason Bay left the game after three innings with tightness in his right hamstring. His replacement, Harris, went 0-3.

Beltran had Philly scouts in the ballpark again watching him. Him playing well has become a double-edge sword. The better he plays the more the Phillies want him. And the more they want him, the more the Phillies are willing to trade for him.

Justin Turner tweeted seven minutes after the Mets won. Dedication to his fans.

A fan ran on the field in the sixth. SNY did not show it, but at least we know they didn’t taze him. Here’s looking at you Philly scouts.

David Wright played in his sixth ML rehab game tonight for St. Lucie (A). He went 2-2 with two singles, two walks and a run scored. ETA is Friday.

Game Ball

Angel Pagan came through big time in the clutch.

Next Up

Niese and Westbrook faceoff in the Mets-Cards finally. Game time is 12:10 PM. So find a TV during your lunch break and root for your Metsies!

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Mets Bats Drown In The Rain Against Marlins, Lose 4-1 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 02:16:19 +0000 Game Summary

Chris Capuano is becoming a no-luck winner. Another good start but no back up from the offense. Cap only gave up three runs on five hits entering the eighth inning then started to fall apart and had to be pulled. Bullpen held up and bats were non existent. Mets lose 4-1.

Game Notes

Chris Capuano had another nice start but has had a case of the Santanas as he had no help from the offense. With 7.2 innings pitched and four runs given up on seven hits, two walks, and five strikeouts. Capuano should be close to 15 wins this season instead of close to double digit loses. Capuano who always finishes his outing around the 100 pitch mark and continues that tonight with 98. Capuano also continues to bounce around that 4+ ERA as it ends on 4.16 tonight. Poor Cappy.

Beato and Iggy team up for 1.1 hitless innings with a K from Iggy. Nice to see the bullpen holding up for once.

Clay Hensley has not started in three years and still capable of one-hitting the Mets in five innings.With only three hits from two players, one being from Evans who replaced Hairston, and two from Harris, who is likely to have to beg for at-bats with Reyes and Wright coming back soon. Bay had the only RBI with a sac fly in the ninth. Nothing to see from the offense tonight, just seven wiffs and only one hit that got extra bases with a double from Harris.

Hairston, the current unsung hero for the Mets offense, left the game in the third inning due to a bruised left shin.

David Wright went 3-for-6 with three base knocks for the St. Lucie Mets tonight. He was supposed to be restricted to just seven innings of baseball, but went all nine innings. This is great news as Reyes will be back tomorrow as well.

Game Ball

Capuano, who pitched well with a bad fourth and a rough start to the eighth.

Next Up

Two, eight win pitchers with 3+ ERAs match up with Gee and Kyle Lohse starting the Cardinals series. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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Detroit Rock City: Mets Pummel Tigers 16-9 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 10:46:13 +0000 Game Summary

True NL vs AL fashion here tonight. Sixteen runs scored for the Mets on twenty hits…and no homeruns. Tigers smashed in five over the fence. Totally different styles of scoring. Cap gets hit hard to end his good start streak. Bullpen is embarrassing, but offense can win ball games alone it seems like. Mets win 16-9.

Game Notes

Chris Capuano seems to love giving up the long ball, as he gave up three homeruns to the Tigers, two from Miggy. Cap also given up four homeruns at Yankee Stadium, this season. That’s what happens when you bring the walls in, Wilpons. Cap, who has had an ERA under one in his last four starts, got lit up. Five innings pitched, six hits, three homeruns, no walks, and six Ks. Lets just hope he can settle down and get it back together. He reminds me of Takahashi from last year. A guy who should be in the bullpen, because after about 4-5 innings, he falls apart. He needs to go to the ‘pen. Santana, please get better.

The bullpen continues to be the worst aspect of the Mets this season. What was once a dominate relief pitcher who shocked us all, is someone who crashed hard to Earth. Pedro Beato pitched 1.1 innings, two hits, two runs, a homerun (Tigers’ fourth of the game). Beato’s ERA is 3.82. Byrdak, well I’m embarrassed to have him pitch. Two pitches two hits, (Tiger’s fifth homerun of the game). Parnell quickly replaced him and finished the inning with a walk and no hits. Izzy pitches an inning with a walk, a hit, and a run. Carrasco pitches a hitless inning with a K.

Dave Hudgens, I would just like to thank you first of all. He’s taking a lineup full of players not playing 100%, players from Buffalo, and Jose Reyes. He has done great, along with Collins to put a great offensive team together. The 52 runs scored during their current four-game winning streak set a franchise record for a four-game stretch. Only if everything could fire on the same cylinders, this team would have a great shot at the Wild Card.

Mets went hit crazy tonight. Twenty hits total for the red hot Mets bats to go with 16 runs. Mets hit singles, doubles, a triple, and ran crazy over the Tigers. Four walks for Bay, four hits for Paulino and Pagan, Murphy knocked in four, and much more. Mets did it all without a homerun as well. Something really big to look at.

Game Ball

Dave Hudgens. Thanks for getting everyone’s bats on fire, and not just Reyes.

Up Next

Mike Pelfrey goes up against a dominant Justin Verlander and the Tigers. Game time is 1:10 PM.

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Mets Two-Hit Braves In 4-0 Win And Get Back To .500 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:17:34 +0000


Game Summary

Despite two rain delays, Mets pitching combined for a two-hit shutout against the Braves. Gee gets robbed of his eighth win because of the rain, bullpen was perfect, and Pagan hits a homerun to lead the offense. But the best news is that the Mets are finally back at .500 for the first time since May 20th. Mets win 4-0 over Braves.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee pitched a good start for what the weather would allow him to pitch. Like the guys in the booth mentioned, he seems to be the only pitcher comfortable to pitch up in the strike zone. He continues to really work in that nice changeup as pitching from the far left of the mound helps him with that against right handers. The weather kept him from getting his eighth win but, Gee did do a good job on the mound regardless. Gee got four innings in, with only one hit given up, two walks, and struck out five batters. He walks away with a no decision. Mets are now 10-0 in Dillon Gee starts

DJ Carrasco got the call to replace Gee once the game resumed. He pitched a perfect two innings with one K. Good to see he’s having a nice return to the majors. Bobby Parnell had a great relief outing as well, striking out five in two innings with only one hit given up. Frankie had his 27th game finished, one step closer to his option renewal. He pitched a 1-2-3 inning.

Reyes and Pagan had the two biggest hits in the game. Reyes 1-4, double, run, RBI. Pagan 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run.

Bay 2-4, SB

Duda 0-3, run, walk, 2 Ks

Turning Point

Pagan’s two-run HR was nice.

Game Ball

All of the pitching. Quite a spectacle.

Up Next

RA Dickey and Mike Minor face off in the final game in the series. Game time is 7:10 PM.

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Gee, Reyes Fuel Mets 5-0 Win Over Braves Sun, 05 Jun 2011 01:45:16 +0000 Game Summary

On the day after, “Don’t Trade Jose Reyes Day” the Mets get a shutout win against the Braves. Dillon Gee pitches a gem with seven innings with no runs and four hits. Bullpen finally keeps it together. Jose Reyes fuels a five run seventh inning to get the Mets a 5-0 win against Braves.

Game Notes

Dillon Gee continues to dominate in starts and has probably synced his spot permanently in this rotation. Just gonna throw out his line tonight before I divulge into how legit he really is. 7 innings pitched, only four hits given up, no runs, and two walks and two strikeouts. This guy has come in when Young got injured, originally in the bullpen, but has dominated in the rotation. With a now 6-0 record, this makes him the second rookie in Mets history to open a season with wins in first six decisions. The last Mets pitcher to do that, became the NL Rookie of the Year, just keep that in mind. Dillon Gee is also now officially undefeated in his first eight starts. Dillon Gee in 13 ML Starts: 8-2, 2.61 ERA.

Beato and Byrdak combined for two hitless innings in relief. Nice to see the bullpen finally keep it together.

The Mets offense racked up eight hits tonight, and had quite the excited seventh inning rally. Bases loaded and Pridie comes through with a pinch-hit RBI, followed by Jose Reyes three run triple, and a Justin Turner sac fly.

Jose Reyes has 10 triples this season. The franchise single-season record is 21 by Lance Johnson in 1996, and its still early in the season, so keep on the look out for that. All of Jose Reyes’ major league-leading 10 triples have come at Citi Field.  Jose Reyes extends his hitting streak to nine games with a three-run triple.

Murphy and Thole both had two hits in the game.

Jason Bay is 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 17 at-bats.

Turning Point

The exciting five run seventh inning for the Mets.

Game Ball

Dillon Gee and Jose Reyes split it as they fueled this win.

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Late Inning Blow Up Cost Mets A Win; Mets Lose 9-3 Thu, 02 Jun 2011 02:11:25 +0000 Game Summary

Chris Capuano pitches a great first six inning but the pitching and defense fell apart in the seventh. Bullpen continues to struggle. Offense didn’t provide much, but at least the homerless draught is over thanks to Big Red. Also, Reyes returns tomorrow. Mets lose game two to the Pirates 9-3

Game Notes

Chris Capuano started off with quite the great start with entering the seventh inning only giving up four hits and no runs allowed. Chris kept his pitch count down and had quite the defense behind him. However, the seventh inning, it looked like everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. Capuano gave up three straight no out infield singles, and a fourth straight hit with an RBI single going into center. The Mets defense, who were on fire tonight, seemed to just completely fell apart. Cap, Pagan, Murphy, and Harris all miss play a hit in the inning. Capuano was pulled once the first run was scored. Cap ended his start with 6+ innings pitched, 8 hits, 5 runs, one walk, and two strikeouts. Always tough to see a guy have one inning mess up a great, great start.

Pedro Beato came after Cap couldn’t record an out in the seventh. He pitched the seventh inning with two hits and two strikeouts. Next inning was not the same. He gave a hit, walk and three runs. What happened to the 0 ERA Beato? Mike O’Connor stepped in and immediately gave up two hits, a walk, and a run. He was taken out without recording an out. Dale Thayer pitched a scoreless two innings with only one hit.

The Mets offense didn’t have the same kind of game as the series opener. With being matched by hits with the Pirates, is just a sore sight for us fans. The Mets knocked in two runs after a 3.5 inning runless game, with a 2-run single from Tejada. Justin Turner ends Mets 10-game homerless streak with a solo homerun in the eighth.

Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada, and Carlos Beltran all had a multiple hit game, while Jason Bay had another 0-fer with 2 Ks.

Willie Harris had 3 K’s tonight and has one hit in his last 11 at-bats. Plus a couple poor plays in the defense. Anybody else been done with him for weeks now? I miss Ike :(

Angel Pagan continues with baserunning blunders with being caught off first, resulting in a caught stealing.

Turning Point

The seventh inning where both the Mets and the Pirates had a big turn around, but only one for the positive.

Game Ball

Chris Capuano, pre-seventh inning.

Up Next

Mike Pelfrey, and the return of Jose Reyes, matches against Paul Maholm and the Pirates. Game time is 1:10 PM on SNY.

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Starless Mets Pound Pirates With 7-3 Win Tue, 31 May 2011 02:12:44 +0000 Game Summary

Dillon Gee, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy all set personal records as despite the Mets missing four of their star players, rack up 15 hits and seven runs in a 7-3 win over the Pirates.

Game Recap

Dillon Gee pitched his second straight good outing tonight. Went 7 innings against the Cubs in his last start, Gee matched that by going another seven innings against the Pirates. With only five hits given up and three runs scored, Gee pitches quite the game. Not to mention zero walks, and eight batters struck out, a career high. Gee went 102 pitches, and racks up his fifth win of the season.

Jason Isringhausen pitched a hitless inning, with a strikeout. Frankie Rodriguez also pitches a hitless inning with one walk and one strikeout. He gets his 20th finish of the season. Rodriguez is now 35 games finished shy of his contract vesting at $17.5 million for 2012.

Tejada and Murphy matched career highs with three hits apiece as the Mets produced 15 hits. Thole racked up a two-run double. Turner, Murphy, Tejada, and Pagan each had an RBI as well. Turner now has six straight RBI games.

Willie Harris went 0-5.

Turning Point

Thole’s double to give the Mets the lead.

Game Ball

Everyone but Willie Harris.

Up Next

Mets play game two of the Pirates series as Dickey matches up against James McDonald. Game time is 7:10PM on SNY.

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Turner Sets Record But Mets Get Bombed In 7-3 Loss Sun, 22 May 2011 12:04:20 +0000 Game Summary

Mets took an early lead but just got completely out slugged by the Bronx Bombers. Capuano got hit hard in his start, bullpen gave up a run, and Reyes and Turner led the Mets to three runs. However, Mets lose game two of the Subway Series 7-3.

Game Notes

What looked like was going to be a good start to the game for the Mets in the first inning, quickly became mute once the sandbox of a ballpark came into play. Four homeruns were given up by Mets pitchers with only one of them possibly being a homerun that would count at Citi Field. Of course Capuano was completely out matched in the game. He went 5.1 innings giving up six runs on six hits, four homeruns, no walks and five strikeouts. He receives his fifth loss of the season and an ERA over five. However, if this was Citi Field, it would have been a completely different outcome as the Yankees only scored one run that didn’t come from a cheep homerun.

The bullpen comprised of the still perfect Pedro Beato as he pitched a hitless and scoreless 1.2 innings with one strikeout. Glad to have him back. Also, Buchholz pitched an inning giving up that sac-fly run.

Mets and Yankees both had only seven hits, but Mets only went 3-8 with RISP, the biggest problem this season for the offense.

Jose Reyes comprised of three of those hits and two of the runs scored for the Mets. Daniel Murphy had two hits and scored the other run for the Mets. RBIs came from Beltran, “Big Red” Justin Turner, and Jason Bay, despite Bay not having a hit in the game.

As my colleague mentioned, Justin Turner drove in a run for the seventh straight game during the first inning, setting a Mets rookie record. Congratulations to him. I wonder if Wright will turn into Wally Pipp?

F-Mart, Pridie, Bay, Thole, and Tejada all had 0-fers. Thole’s average is reaching the Mendoza line with a .205 average.

Turning Point

When the Yankees Stadium seemed to shrink with each homerun the Yankees hit.

Game Ball

Justin Turner for his RBI in the first setting a Mets rookie record.

Up Next

Mike Pelfrey starts the rubber match for the Subway Series against the Yankees who will have rookie pitcher Ivan Nova on the mound for them. Game time is 1:05 PM on WPIX.

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