The Mets defeated the Dodgers by the score of 6-3 tonight at Citi Field. This was a nice win for the Mets as they responded to 1 run deficits on 3 different occasions tonight. After falling behind 1-0 after a half inning, Jose Reyes hit his 4th triple of the year and scored on a Carlos Beltran SAC fly to knot the game at 1-1. Then after the Dodgers recaptured the lead in the Top of the 2nd, Ike Davis responded with a Solo HR, his 7th of the year to tie the score at 2-2. The turning point of the game however came in the Bot of the 6th. With the Mets trailing 3-2 and Carlos Beltran on 2nd base (2B), Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided to intentionally walk Ike Davis to face Jason Pridie. After falling behind 0-1, Pridie got a fastball belt high and drove it over the RF wall for a 3-run HR, putting the Mets ahead for good 5-3.
-Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a single in the Top of the 1st (3-5).
-Jose Reyes recorded his 4th and 5th triples of the year, leading all ML hitters (3-4, 2 3B, 2B, 2 R, 1 SB).
-Mets pinch hitters are only 7-62 this season.
-Jason Bay was 2-4 with an RBI tonight.
-Carlos Beltran now has 12 doubles on the year, tops in the NL.
-Francisco Rodriguez has not had a 1-2-3 inning all year.
Jon Niese was solid tonight. He got into trouble with his pitch count early as he threw 31 1st inning pitches. Niese was able to settle down however and gave the Mets 5.2 IP of 3 run ball (116 P) to keep them in the ball game. The Bullpen was very good once again. Ryota Igarashi, Taylor Buccholz, Jason Isringhausen, and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless ball. What can you say about Jose Reyes? He is absolutely the catalyst of this team and is making it very difficult for Sandy Alderson and Co. to consider trading him. If he continues playing the way he has, it will be inexcusable for the Mets not to give him a contract extension.
Jason Pridie was the star of tonight’s game. His 3-run HR was as clutch a hit the Mets have had all season (maybe D-Murph’s in Washington was bigger). He has been very good since taking the place of Angel Pagan in CF, hitting to a tune of .250, 3 HR, and 8 RBI. When Pagan comes back, the Mets will have a very tough decision to make with Jason Pridie.
The Mets and Dodgers will continue their 3 game series tomorrow night at Citi Field. Game time is 7:10 PM.