Saturday, September 08, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 11 Astros 3

The first start for Mike Pelfrey after his breakthrough performance against the Braves was adequate, good enough for a win, but without some luck it might have been a lot worse. He started off with bad luck as Beltran almost caught a home run by Lance Berkman.

In the second inning Pelfrey allowed a single walk and hit batter to load the bases with one out. The pitcher hit a high chop to Reyes. Reyes tried to turn the double play before he got the ball and the ball bounced off his hip, but right to Castillo who stepped on the bag threw to first in time for the double play.

Pelfrey allowed another run in the third but he led off the bottom of the inning with a walk, then Castillo walked and Rodriguez was completely losing his control and got behind Wright 3-1. Wright doubled on the 3-1 pitch to tie the game and Beltran singled to give the Mets the lead. Timely hitting finally seems to be coming around for the Mets.

Pelfrey got through the 4th and 5th and got 2 more runs of support thanks to a Beltran homer and a Conine single.

But in the 6th, Pelfrey once again loaded the bases with one out. Randolph went to Sosa who got Biggio to hit a bloop to right field which Milledge caught with a diving catch.

great catch by Lastings Milledge

That catch served as a turning point in this game as the Mets pounded the Astros for 6 runs in the bottom of the 6th. It started with a Reyes triple, and was punctuated by a 3-run homer by Milledge.

Milledge had 2 hits in this game plus the great catch and I love what he brings to this team. I am hoping that he can get some playing time while Delgado is hurt and that Green can get some at bats while playing first base. I really think the Mets should carry Milledge on the playoff roster as a right handed bat, defensive replacement and speedy runner, and start him against lefties. Plus I hope the Mets dump Green and Alou next season and give Milledge and Gomez the starting jobs.

This is the 3rd time in 4 games that the Mets have scored in double digits.

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