Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Post Game: Jose Is Back, Mets Win 4-2!

The Mets sent Dillon Gee to the mound tonight on a full ten days rest as they opened a three game set with Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gee would pitch well early, not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. However, after a bad bounce placed runners on first and second, opposing pitcher Kyle Lohse (batting eighth) would single up the middle to spot the Cardinals a one run lead. The Mets would answer immediately in their half of the inning as Jose Reyes singled to lead off the inning, Justin Turner would then single him to third and Beltran would walk to load the bases. After a line out to shortstop by Daniel Murphy, Angel Pagan would double over Lance Berkman's head to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

The Mets would extend their lead in the bottom of the sixth when Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran reached base with two outs. Daniel Murphy then promptly drove them both in with a deep double to center field, putting the Mets up 4-1. The insurance runs would be necessary as Lance Berkman hit his league leading 27th home run, a solo shot, in the bottom of the seventh to draw the Cardinals to within two.

Bobby Parnell would enter to pitch the eighth inning and pitch through an eventful inning that saw allow the first to Cardinals to reach base. He then struck out Ryan Theriot before Jon Jay reached on an infield single to load the bases. Then, with his back against the wall, Parnell got Albert Pujols to ground into a double play to end the inning.

Jason Isringhausen would come in to pitch a 1-2-3 inning to earn the team's first save since the departure of Francisco Rodriguez. The save, the 294th of Izzy's career, once again returned the Mets to .500 on the season.

The Mets and Cardinals will meet again tomorrow night at 7:00 pm when RA Dickey (4-8) takes the mound for the Mets against the Cardinals' Kyle McClellan.

Game Notes:
- Jose Reyes had two hits in his first game back from the disabled list, raising his Major League leading average to .355.
- Tonight's save was Jason Isringhausen's first in a Mets uniform since 7/6/99.