Monday, April 9, 2012

Oh Murph! New York Mets Walk Off Against Nationals

The New York Mets (4-0) defeated the Washington Nationals (2-2) behind a solid effort from Mike Pelfrey, a phenomenal effort from the bullpen, Kirk Nieuwenhuis's first major league home run and a stellar night from Daniel Murphy.

Mike Pelfrey (0-0, 4.76 ERA) allowed 3 runs in 5 2/3 innings while allowing 10 hits and striking out 7. Pelfrey showed glimpses of the same dominance he displayed throughout his final spring training outings as he powered his way to a high strikeout game, but had to fight hard to minimize the damage. Although Pelfrey's effort was valiant, there was no effort more valiant than that of the Mets bullpen.

Miguel Batista, Ramon Ramirez and Jon Rauch combined to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings, with Ramirez and Rauch in particular coming up huge. After Miguel Batista walked the first 2 men he faced in the top of the 6th inning, Ramirez was able to record a strikeout and induce a double play to keep the game tied at 2. Rauch contributed a strong 2 innings to back up Ramirez's effort as well and to officially seal the deal.

Daniel Murphy's combined offensive and defensive effort saved the game for the Amazin's, with a stellar diving snow cone stop to prevent a 1st-and-3rd scenario in the top of the 9th before driving a single to center to drive in the winning run in the bottom half of the inning.

The offensive effort was also backed by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who drove Edwin Jackson's hanging slider over the right field fence for his first major league home run. The 2-run shot tied the game at 3 for the Mets.

The Mets 4-0 start is the best start to the season since the 2007 campaign and it also marks the first time the Mets will hold sole possession of 1st place since 2010. Although it's early in the season, the team has shown the ability to battle and contribute as a team, rather than individual performance. The energy that Collins has installed in the clubhouse is infectious, with the machine looking well oiled. Although a small sample size, the Mets are now 1 win away from tying their win total through 18 games last year.

The Mets will look to take their 2nd consecutive series tomorrow night in Flushing at 7:10 PM ETas Dillon Gee will take the bump for the first time this year as he opposes Ross Detweiler.

Boiling Points:
  • David Wright remained hot as he drove a RBI single to put the Mets on the board in the bottom of the 3rd. He also drew a walk and recorded his 1st strikeout of the year.
  • Ike Davis remains hitless through the campaign thus far and will likely get the night off tomorrow against the lefty. Justin Turner will likely start in his place.
  • Jason Bay, Lucas Duda and Ike Davis combined to go 0-11 in the middle of the order, with Bay being the only one to reach base on a walk.