Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 8 Nationals 4

The Mets got the win they needed and coupled with a Phillies loss Mets fans can breathe a lot easier.

The key to this game, and maybe the season, was Jorge Sosa. He came in with runners on first and third and no outs and the score 5-3. He struck out D'Angelo Jimenez then got Nook Logan to hit a groundball that Reyes snagged, stepped on (or maybe around) second base and threw to first for the inning ending double play. And then Sosa did something no Mets relief pitcher has been able to do in weeks (it seems), he pitched another inning, and retired the side. A Mets relief pitcher pitched two scoreless innings. Great job by Sosa.

Mike Pelfrey did a passable job in his third start since being recalled late on September 1. Although he allowed 3 runs and 9 hits in 5 innings Pelfrey improved to 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA in his 3 starts in September. Prior to that he was 0-7 with a 5.92 ERA.

The Mets also got some offense in this game, starting with a good game for Jose Reyes. First he hit a double that got stuck in the padding of the left field wall, making for an unusual scene. And later he scored on a triple by Luis Castillo.

The Mets had 3 sacrifice flies in this game, 2 by LoDuca. They also had 2 unnecessary sacrifice bunts, I don't understand why Willie was playing for one run in the middle of the game the Mets were leading.

Moises Alou had 3 more hits upping his hitting streak to 23 games, one short of the Mets record. He's batting .402 since August 12th.

Billy Wagner finally pitched and gave up a run but no major damage in nailing down the game.

The Mets made three more errors, one each by Wright and Reyes on horrible throws they never should have even attempted.

Paul LoDuca was involved in another argument with umpires after he was ruled to have swung at strike three, even though it hit him on the hand. It was kind of humorous to watch LoDuca rotate his emotions between anger and agony. He tried to stay in the game but couldn't.



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