Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 11 Reds 7

The longest winning streak of the year. The first time the Mets got to 5 games. Maybe that 11-10 loss in Philadelphia lit a fire under this team. It's amazing how quickly things can change, this team is on fire right now and everyone is hitting.

And that includes Paul LoDuca who in one fell swoop turned his season from terrible to passable. He had 2 3-run homers (giving the Mets 3-0 and 11-6 leads) and 7 RBI. It was a career high in RBI. It was the 3rd 2 homer game of his career, his first since 2001. LoDuca had been tied at 34 RBI with his teammate Jeff Conine, but he's had 150 more at bats than Conine. Now he's barely in the top 100 in the NL in RBI.

Oliver Perez wasn't great, walking 5 and allowing 5 runs in only 5 innings. Perez also allowed 2 unearned runs. After a LoDuca error he gave up a double and a sac fly, but more distressing was that he walked the next 3 guys before getting the third out. This season Perez has now allowed 16 earned runs, the most of any top pitcher in the majors. It is not just the product of bad defense behind him. When the defense makes an error Perez gets frustrated or flustered and turns it into a bigger inning.

But the Mets bounced right back from those 5th inning runs. Beltran hit a homer to tie the game and to tie Wright for the team lead. When he hit Keith Hernandez said "just missed." But in Cincinnati balls you just miss are still home runs. Then Green doubled in two runs, bringing his total to 42 for the season.

Mota, Feliciano, Heilman and Schoeneweis all pitched an inning in relief. Feliciano looked like the exact opposite of the guy who struck out 5 in a row in Atlanta, but the pen held the lead and the Mets are looking for their second consecutive series sweep.

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