Sunday, July 15, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 5 Reds 2

Oliver Perez came back and pitched another good game though he seemed to tire in the 6th inning. He gave up 3 straight singles to start the inning, but he was able to avoid a meltdown like he sometimes has and bounced back to get the next three batters and hold the Reds to only one run.

The other run Perez gave up was a monster shot by Adam Dunn that broke some lights on the scoreboard.

The Mets got their runs early thanks to my two favorite players on the team right now, the only guys getting hits with men on base, Ramon Castro and Lastings Milledge.

In the second inning, Wright and Delgado were on and Castro ripped a ground rule double to center field, scoring one run. He almost got picked off on a line drive by Newhan. Then Milledge doubled both runners home to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

Lastings Milledge doubles in two runs

Milledge is batting only 4 for 15 in these four games (one hit in each game) since his return after the All-Star Break, but the Mets have lacked timely hitting and look at his hits. On Thursday a single in a tie game (a mad dash around the bases for the winning run), on Friday a home run and an RBI groundout (both irrelevant), Saturday he had the game winning hit (in the bottom of the 8th) and then on Sunday a big double which gave the Mets their eventual margin of victory.

He still does have his problems in the field, (you can see him here botching a fly ball before making the recovery) but his energy and timely hitting mean he should be playing every day in left or right, even when Alou comes back.

Lastings Milledge almost fucks up a flyball but makes the catch

Jose Reyes added a 2-run homer his second of the series.

The Mets once again got good relief pitching, one inning each from Feliciano and Heilman and another easy save for Billy Wagner. His 10th (out of the last 11) that he has had 20 saves.

The Mets drew a franchise record 203,515 fans for the four-game series against the Reds. The previous record was 199,547 fans against Pittsburgh from July 29 to Aug. 1, 1988.

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