Thursday, May 5, 2011

Post Game Wrap-Up: Mets Win Behind Solid Pelfrey

The Mets defeated the SF Giants this afternoon by the score of 5-2 and ended their 2-game skid. Mike Pelfrey answered the call as the stopper today. Pelfrey who has struggled all season long, desperately needed a solid outing today, and he delivered by going 7.2 IP, while only giving up 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, and struck out 5. The turning point of Pelfrey's outing came in the Top of the 6th inning. Pelfrey allowed a lead-off bunt single to Emmanuel Burriss and then walked the next hitter Mike Fontenot putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 0 outs. We have seen Pelfrey buckle under pressure situations such as these time and time again thus far in 2011, but today was different. Pelfrey got next hitter Aubrey Huff to hit a come-backer and Pelfrey started the 1-6-3 DP. He then retired the next hitter Nate Schierholtz on a ground-ball to 1st basemen Ike Davis to end the inning. This was a huge spot in today's game and I hope Pelfrey can build on this success in his future starts.

The Mets offense wasn't explosive today but did enough to help Pelfrey pick up the win. After a run was already on the board in the Bot of the 2nd, Jose Reyes drove a long 2-run 3B to CF to increase the Mets lead to 3-0.

The Giants fought back with back to back 1 run innings in the 4th and 5th, but Carlos Beltran came to the plate and put the Giants away in the Bot of the 5th. With David Wright on 1st, Beltran launched his 5th HR of the year, a 2-run shot over the LF wall to give the Mets a 5-2 lead.

Francisco Rodriguez came on in the Top of the 8th for a 4 out save. Of course he gave Mets fans the usual heart attack that occurs whenever he pitches. After finishing the 8th for Pelfrey, K-Rod started the 9th by loading the bases with 1 out (2 BB's, 1 H), but got Tejada on a strike out and pinch hitter Buster Posey on a FC.

Game Notes:

-Carlos Beltran was 1-4, with a HR an 2 RBI.
-Jason Bay was 1-3 after his return from paternity leave.
-Mike Fontenot hit a Solo HR, his 2nd of the year.
-K-Rod threw 42 pitches today. I would assume he will be unavailable tomorrow.

The Mets open a 3-game series against the MLB controlled Los Angeles Dodgers tomorrow night. Game time is 7:10 PM from Citi Field.