Thursday, July 28, 2011

Post Game: Mets Defeat Reds 10-9

Those who have followed the New York Mets this year know that Carlos Beltran has been the quintessential piece to the offensive success of the club. His trade to the San Francisco Giants was supposed to signal an effective end to the offensive prowess the Mets have been able to show this year, some even saying the move was effectively the white flag from general manager Sandy Alderson. However, the New York Mets have rebounded big time over the past 2 days, scoring a combined 18 runs to sweep the Cincinnati Reds in a 4 game series for the first time in franchise history.

This afternoon at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, the New York Mets(54-51) were able to win a slobber knocker against the Reds 10-9. After jumping out to a 9-3 lead early on, the Reds were able to make things interesting by cutting the lead to 9-8 and eventually 10-9 but ultimately fell short.

Boiling Points:
  • Chris Capuano(9-10, 4.51 ERA) was rocked for 6 runs on 8 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Capuano exited with 2 men on and 1 out in the 6th inning, giving way to Manny Acosta, who promptly served up a high fastball that was crushed by Miguel Cairo for a 3-run home run. While Capuano was able to pick up the victory, it marks the third consecutive start in which he has allowed 4 or more runs.
  • David Wright, Angel Pagan and Jason Bay all had 3 hit afternoons, going a combined 9-14 with a walk. Having not hit an extra base hit in his previous 50 at bats coming into this series, Bay had 2 more doubles today including a bases clearing, 3 RBI double. Angel Pagan also stole his 19th base of the year.
  • Lucas Duda also contributed a bases clearing double to drive in 3 runs and contributed 2 more hits. Duda has had no troubles filling in for Carlos Beltran thus far, who will make his San Francisco Giants debut tonight in Philadelphia.
  • Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless 8th, effectively commanding his slider to induce two pop-ups and strike out Edgar Renteria.
  • Jason Isringhausen notched his 4th save of the year after allowing a lead off home run to Joey Votto in the top of the 9th.
The New York Mets will head to Washington tomorrow to face Davey Johnson's Nationals for the first time at 7:10 PM ET. The Mets moved 3 games above .500 with their win today and are now sitting 12 games back of the National League East leading Phillies and 7 back of the Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves.