Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mets Make It Five Staight, Beat Nats 8-5!!

The Mets wasted no time in roughing up Chien-Ming Wang, who was making his first Major League start since 7/4/09. Coming off of anterior capsule surgery in his throwing shoulder, Wang was ineffective early as the first five batters for the Mets would reach base and they eventually put up four runs in the first inning.

The Mets would have similar success in the fourth inning when their first four batters reached, including hits by Jason Bay, Ronnie Paulino and Dillon Gee. Bay would be thrown out at home by Rick Ankiel, who threw a bullet from about 250 feet, however the Mets would extended their lead to 6-0 on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes.

After a two run error by Jose Reyes in the bottom of the fourth and a sacrifice fly by Ankiel in the bottom of the fifth, the Nationals would cut the lead in half to 6-3, before the Mets would strike again. In the top of the sixth, when it seems as though the Nationals had stolen the momentum, Jason Bay, Ronnie Paulino and Jose Reyes would all double and push the Mets lead to 8-3.

The Mets bullpen would take over following the sixth with varying success. Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak both struggled through the eight inning, as they allowed the Nationals to cut the lead to 8-5 and eventually bring the go-ahead run to the plate. DJ Carrasco was chosen by Terry Collins to work through the jam and hand the ball over to Jason Isringhausen who pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 298th career save.

The Mets will look for their sixth straight win tomorrow when RA Dickey (5-8) faces Jason Marquis (8-5) in a 7:05 start in DC.

Game Notes:
- The Mets now lead Major League Baseball with 33 road victories.
- The Mets have scored 34 runs and combined for 49 hits in their last four games.
- At 55-51, the Mets sit at four games over .500, their highest mark on the year.