The Mets won a strange game scoring 6 unearned runs off Johnny Cueto. That’s right, I wrote “unearned” runs. The Reds defense was completely asleep in the first half of the game. They were literally kicking the ball all over the field.
The Mets needed the help too because Jon Niese was pretty bad giving up 5 runs in 5 innings pitching back home in Ohio. He gave up 4 in the fifth inning and the capper was a 2-run homer by Joey Votto into the left field seats.
In addition to the errors, the Mets were hitting tonight with 12 hits and 3 walks in the game. The big game came from Daniel Murphy who went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.
The Mets bullpen gets the game ball though. They got through 4 innings while Ryota Igarashi allowed the only run. They didn’t have Jason Isringhausen or Bobby Parnell available so it was a mix and match job for Terry Collins. Tim Byrdak got the save. That tells you how much the bullpen was held together with duct tape and gum.
The Mets won the second straight game in Cincy and go again tomorrow afternoon in what’s supposed to be some scorching hot weather.
What a game! R.A. Dickey pitched really well going 6.2 innings and allowing only 2 runs. He had 7 K’s and only 1 walk too. Although he gave up 8 hits, he was pretty sharp. It was one of his best starts of the season.
The Mets scored all 4 runs in the seventh inning when they strung several hits together. Even in a pronounced hitter’s park, they didn’t have any home runs tonight. But they did have a lot of traffic on the bases with 11 hits and 3 walks. Daniel Murphy and Jason Bay had the run scoring doubles in the seventh inning.
It was an exciting finish as Jason Isringhausen got a save the hard way. He loaded the bases. Although one runner was on by a David Wright error. Then Izzy struck out Brandon Phillips to end the game. It was a real thriller!
The Mets take the first game of the series in Cincy and go again tomorrow night.
The Mets lost the game and lose two of three in the series in San Francisco before the All-Star break. Mike Pelfrey had a solid start going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs. But he couldn’t match Matt Cain who threw 6 shutout innings. Jon Niese, in his first relief appearance, and D.J. Carrasco let the game get away in the seventh inning by allowing 2 more runs.
On offense, the Mets had 9 hits and 3 walks so they had some opportunities to score but couldn’t capitalize. They left 10 runners on base and Daniel Murphy left 3 runners in scoring position with 2 outs.
The Mets come back to New York for the break at one game over .500.
The Mets couldn’t overcome a solid game from Tim Lincecum who went 6 innings and only allowed 1 run. Chris Capuano stayed close to him and pitched well enough to win on most nights but going against Lincecum is a different story. Capuano also went 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs. Bobby Parnell pitched the seventh inning and allowed another run to the Giants on 2 hits.
The Mets had no offense going at all in this game. They only had 4 hits and 5 walks as a team. The only run they scored was on a pair of doubles in the first inning by Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy. That was the offense for the game.
The Mets and Giants will play the rubber game of the series on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
The Mets got another solid start from R.A. Dickey and came up with a big ninth inning win in San Francisco. Dickey went 7 innings and allowed only 2 runs on 7 hits and no walks. Both runs were given up to Nate Schierhotlz on a sac fly in the fourth inning and a solo homer in the sixth inning. The homer was into McCovey Cove too.
The Mets scored in the fifth inning on an Angel Pagan 2-run homer. Carlos Beltran and Daniel Murphy both had 3 hits in the game. The game was tied 2-2 going into the ninth. Scott Hairston led off the inning with a solo homer off Brian Wilson in dramatic fashion. The Mets went on to put up three more hits in the inning off three Giants relievers. It was a big late inning win for the Mets.
The Dodgers finally took one game of the four game series tonight. They did it behind a great game by Clayton Kershaw who went 8 innings and only allowed 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. Dillon Gee was matching him through the first 5 innings. He only allowed 1 hit to the Dodgers. But Gee lost it in the sixth inning when the Dodgers scored 5 runs.
The Mets had very little offense as you would guess. They only had 6 hits in the game and 4 walks. Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy both had a couple of hits in the game. And the Mets managed to load the bases in the ninth inning but couldn’t rally enough to even score one run.
The Mets are headed to San Francisco for a three game series starting tomorrow night.