When I say David Wright and good play, most people think of the barehanded play on a slow ground ball. You would be half right to say that. Here is a barehanded play from Wright against the Padres, although the ball was not hit on the ground….
Jeff Francoeur, David Wright, and Ike Davis drove in the 3 runs tonight. Francoeur and Davis with a single, and Wright with a ground out. Reyes had 3 hits tonight and Chris Carter came close to his first career homer with a double.
Jon Niese put up the best pitching performance by a Met this year. He went 9 innings, 1 hit, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts. He retired the final 21 Padres that he faced. The only thing that kept him from a perfect game was a 3rd inning double by Chris Denorfia. I’m mad at that but, still happy on how good Niese did.
Grade for the Game: A+
Jon Niese tonight was perfect in my mind. He only threw about 30 balls and had all his pitches working. Hopefully he can come back and do just as well in his next start. He had no hit stuff tonight but, surrendered a hit.
2 Mets had hits today, an infield hit by Reyes and a 2 run homer by Henry Blanco. Some good news is that Blanco’s homer came after a 10 pitch at bat from Latos. The last 22 Mets today were retired.
Johan Santana was okay today giving up 4 runs over 6 2/3 innings, walked 4, and only struck out 1. He did not have his best stuff today. The bullpen was solid as Feliciano, Mejia, and Nieve combined to give up no runs.
Grade for the Game: D
The bullpen and Henry Blanco were the only good points of the game today. Besides that, there was nothing to be happy about today. Santana got a loss, and the Mets could not score. Hats off to Latos, he was great tonight.
The Mets did not score until the bottom of the 7th tonight when Jose Reyes hit a home run which was reviewed by replay. The only other run was driven in by Ike Davis in the bottom of the 11th with a walk off home run.
Mike Pelfrey tonight was simply perfect tonight. He went 9 innings, gave up 1 run, and struck out 4. K-rod pitched a perfect top of the 10th and Feliciano and Dessens combined for a scoreless top of the 11th.
Grade for the Game: A-
Mike Pelfrey was great and could have pitched a 10th inning as he was only at 103 pitches after 9. Also, the home run that Ike Davis is went in previously uncharted territory in Citi Field. It went to the upper deck in right field, over the Mo Zone. I was impressed tonight as they came back to win it again.
Tonight only one Met drove in a run on 5 hits. That was Jeff Francoeur with an RBI hit. Besides that, there was no offense for the Mets.
Johan Santana was spectacular tonight. He went 7 innings, gave up a few hits, 4 walks, and 2 strikeouts. He did not have his best stuff today but, still got the job done. Feliciano got no outs in the 8th, and Dessens got 2. K-Rod blew the save, but went 2 1/3 innings of relief. Valdes had a terrible 11th innings, giving up a walk off grand slam to end the night.
Grade for the Game: F
Baseball got an F tonight for the Met relief pitching and offense. But, mainly the sad retirement of Ken Griffey Jr. and the call of my new least favorite umpire Jim Joyce. If it’s a close call, don’t you just call it out with a perfect game on the line? MLB umpires are so full of them selves and are the worst in professional sports. They need to learn that we do not pay to see them. But still, bad game for the Mets.
Tonight the runs were driven in by the 4 and 5 hitters, Ike Davis and David Wright. David Wright drove in the first 2 runs, 1 with an RBI single and the other with a solo home run. Ike Davis drove in the final 2 as he blasted a home run to center field. Jose Reyes took an 0 for 4 to end his 9 game hit streak but, I am not worried. David Wright had 3 hits, Ike Davis had 2, and Jeff Francoeur also had 2 hits.
Mike Pelfrey was great tonight going 8 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. He picked off a runner and tied a career high in strikeouts. K-Rod almost gave Jerry Manuel a heart attack but, still got the save.
Grade for the Game: B+
I was very encouraged with the performances of Mike Pelfrey, David Wright, and Ike Davis. Mike Pelfrey went 8 innings for the first time this year and gave the Mets bullpen a break after Yesterday. David Wright got his 3rd consecutive multi-hit game and Ike Davis broke out from a slump. Mets have a good shot of winning this series with Santana going tomorrow.