The New York Mets unleashed a power surge (for them) versus the Cincinnati Reds Sunday with 3 doubles and 2 home runs, then hung on despite some dicey relief pitching to win 9-7.Â The power was so unexpected that it short circuited the fabled Home Run Apple.
In the 7th inning Brian Schneider hit a home run that brought forth the apple as normal, but one out later the apple failed to rise for a home run by Fernando Tatis.Â Fans in the stands chanted “we want apple.”Â Viewers at home were then treated to a studio update from host Gary Apple.Â Fans at Citi Field had to wait ’til the last out of the inning for the apple to rise again, as apparently there is a 45 second recharge time between apple showings, but to raucous applause it did finally rise.
The Mets broke the extra-base hit ice early.Â With one out in the bottom of the 1st Luis Castillo singled and David Wright doubled, scoring Castillo and giving the Mets and starter Mike Pelfrey a 1-0 lead.Â In the 3rd inning the surge continued.
With one out Castillo started another rally with a single.Â Wright then singled moving Castillo to third.Â With Gary Sheffield at the plate, Red’s starter Aaron Harang threw a wild pitch allowing Wright to move into scoring position.Â Sheffield then singled driving them both in.Â One out later Daniel Murphy doubled in Sheffield, and after a walk to Schneider an Alex Cora RBI single made it 5-0 Mets.
In the top of the 4th inning, Cincinnati 1B Joey Votto led off and was called out on strikes for the 2nd time in the game.Â He slowly and carefully expressed his displeasure to home plate umpire Bill Welke who eventually ejected the young slugger.Â In the bottom half of the 4th, Castillo again started a rally with a single.Â He stole second and Sheffield drove him in.Â New Met Jeff Francouer singled moving Sheffield to third from where he was driven in by Murphy giving the Mets a 7-0 lead.
Now all the Mets had to do was protect the surge.Â So of course Pelfrey walked the 1st 2 batters of the 5th inning, then Votto’s replacement Adam Rosales doubled to drive in a run, and Chris Dickerson and Willy Taveres followed with RBI singles making the score 7-3.
In the 7th inning the Mets recovered the surge with the Schneider and Tatis solo home runs giving them a 9-3 lead.Â They would need those 2 runs.
The surge protector got burned but did it’s job.Â The Reds greeted Met reliever Sean Green with 3 straight singles to start the 8th.Â Pedro Feliciano was summoned from the bullpen, allowed a single and was replaced by Bobby Parnell who immediately allowed another single.Â These 5 consecutive singles gave the Reds 3 runs and cut their deficit to 9-6.Â In the 9th Met closer Francisco Rodriguez gave up a walk, a single and an RBI fielder’s choice to allow the Reds within 2 but held on for his 23rd save and the 9-7 victory.
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