Monday, July 4, 2011

Post Game: Mets Defeat Dodgers 5-2

After dropping the first two games at Citi Field this weekend against the Yankees and being one out away from a series sweep, the Mets once again showed how much they've struggled at Citi Field this year. A late inning rally against arguably the greatest closer of all time changed that--and their momentum carried all the way to the west coast--and a place they're much more comfortable: the road.

The New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to improve their record to 43-42 on the season after dropping 3 in a row. Chris Capuano(8-7, 4.19 ERA) pitched 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs on 6 hits and avoiding trouble often. Capuano was struggling to get his fastball inside and the Dodgers made him pay early on, but he was able to adjust and finish his outing strong to bring his record to 1 game over .500 after being 3 under(3-6) earlier in the season.

Coming in relief of Capuano was Bobby Parnell, who looked as if he were standing under the bright lights in Boston in May 2009. Parnell was absolutely lights out, pitching 2 perfect innings and reaching 101 on the gun. After struggling early on in the season, Parnell has since recorded a 1.54 ERA over his last 10 appearances to lower his ERA to 2.78 on the season. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a lead off double in the 9th but didn't allow the run to score as he recorded his 21st save of the year, striking out 2 in the process.

After being shut down for the first 4 innings tonight by Rubby De La Rosa, the Mets offense woke up when Ruben Tejada broke up the no hit bid. Angel Pagan led the offensive charge, going 2-5 with 2 doubles from opposite sides of the plate and driving in a run. Carlos Beltran, Jason Bay, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda also contributed with RBI hits that proved to be the difference.

Jason Bay made an excellent catch and came close to colliding with the outfield wall, although it wasn't against the same fencing that made him suffer his season ending concussion last July.

The New York Mets were without Jose Reyes for the second consecutive night due to the grade 1 hamstring sprain he suffered on Saturday against the Yankees.

The Mets will look to ensure at least a series split tomorrow night in Los Angeles as they take on the Dodgers at 10:10 PM ET.