Mike Pelfrey started and posted a line of 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts.
Ike Davis hit a go ahead 2 run home run in the 7th inning that just cleared the orange line in center field.
Carlos Beltran went 1 for 3 with an RBI single.
Jason Bay hit a double and struck out twice.
Reyes, Murphy, and Nickeas also had hits tonight.
Wright went o for 2 with 2 walks and a steal.
Izzy pitched a scoreless 8th and K-Rod pitched a scoreless 9th to get the save.
This was a huge start for Mike Pelfrey, after runners were on first and third with nobody out to start the game, he retired the side without a run scoring including a strikeout of Justin Upton. This was also a team that he has never beat, until tonight. He looked so much better tonight than he has all of this year. Hopefully this will stay.
Ike has been such a clutch hitter all year hitting a huge homer to straight away center field. He is leading the Mets in RBI this season.
This lineup looks more confident with Bay in that they feel they can score whenever. Hopefully Bay can show us some power this year.
Izzy has been a force in the ‘pen this year showing that he is not done yet in the majors.
Niese started tonight and pitched okay going 6 innings, letting up 2 runs, 5 walks, and 3 strikeouts.
Carlos Beltran hit is 3rd home run of the year.
Pagan and Ike both hit doubles.
Beato and Buchholz pitched a scoreless inning each.
Igarashi, Byrdak, and Parnell combined for 1 inning, 5 hits, 3 runs, and a balk.
Until he proves it to me, Beltran has no power from the left side anymore.
Niese had control issues all game and went way over 100 pitches to get through 6 which I really like.
Now for Bobby Parnell…what are we going to do with you? That balk just pushed me over the line of frustration with the way this team is playing. Why in your right mind would you come into a bases loaded 2 out situation and BALK in a run. I mean that is minor league play. Then letting up more hits and a few more runs inexcusable. Parnell didn’t have the only crappy play of the night either. Scott Hairston flat out dropped a ball in left field off the bat of Carlos Lee that might have saved a run. Errors by outfielders are simply uncalled for more than infielders in my mind. Now for the umpires, the play at second base where they called it an out and a drop on the transfer was simply bull. There was no way that was a catch, get some sense umps. That is one instance where I would be fine letting my manager get thrown out of a game.
If any of you watched the game last night, or even looked at a box score you would know that most Mets didn’t even get their first hit of 2011 yet and nobody hit a homer. So that raises the question of who will hit the first Met home run of 2011. I think that question will be answered tonight, but who would that be? My prediction is that it will be Carlos Beltran. It doesn’t sound practical to pick a guy who is learning a new position with only 13 at bats in 2011 including spring training. With that short fence in right field, it was really only between two guys for me Ike and Carlos. In each game Carlos has played, he has hit at least one ball hard and on a line. I feel he will get a hold of a Nolasco high fastball or hanging curve tonight. But, the only way to find out is to watch the game.
Mike Pelfrey started today going 4 1/3 innings giving up 5 hits, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
Willie Harris went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Beltran after 9 spring training at bats, hit an RBI double hard down the line to get the Mets on the board.
Pagan also had a base hit tonight.
Blane Boyer went 2/3 of an inning and didn’t allow a run to score.
Pedro Beato made his Major league debut and was great throwing 2 scoreless innings.
Taylor Buchholz pitched alright giving up a long home run to Logan Morrison.
Brad Emaus went 0 for 2 with a few great defensive plays in his Mets debut.
Pelfrey honestly was not confident and got 8 swings and misses all game long. It was just foul ball after foul ball and his pitch count skyrocketed. I think he needs an out pitch that he can throw for strikes because his splitter was in the dirt almost every single time.
Beltran and Harris looked good tonight both getting hits.
Brad Emaus looked sensational in the field tonight making a few great plays. The entire defense played pretty good as a whole, maybe a few things here and there.
Grade for the Game: C-
By the way, I just listened to Terry Collins speak after the game and I already love him.