Mike Pelfrey threw 7.2 innings of 2 run ball for his 5th win of the season against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field today. The ANIMAL got it started for the Mets with a double in the 2nd inning. David Wright ground out and moved Chris Carter to 3rd. Ike Davis got plunked and Rod Barajas took exception to that with his double of the inning to score Chris Carter. For the next 6 frames, it was a pitchers duel. Derek Lowe and Mike Pelfrey matched zeros until the bottom of the 5th when Eric Hinske hit a no doubter to put the Braves on the board. Mets answered back in the next inning when Jose Reyes singled to open the frame. Luis Castillo sacrificed to move Reyes over to second then stole 3rd to boot. Jason Bay walked to set up THE ANIMAL to cash in on the RBI chance with a ground out that scored Jose Reyes and moved Jason Bay up to second. David Wright grounded out to end the inning. Jerry Manuel subbed Jeff Francoeur in for Chris Carter, apparently for “defensive purposes”.
Atlanta scored the next frame on a Chipper Jones sac fly. Now here is where Jerry strikes again, keep in mind he substituted Jeff Francoeur for Chris Carter(the better hitter of the two at the moment) for defense. In the top of the 7th, Ike Davis walked to start off. Rod Barajas singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Gary Matthews Jr was up on the plate, with a hot hitter and a better in Angel Pagan sitting on the bench…and Jerry let Matthews hit! As usual, to “reward” Manuel, Matthews hit into a double play and Mike Pelfrey grounded out to end the inning. Granted the Mets were winning 3-2 at the time but could have used those insurance runs. Not going to cry over spilled milk since we won the game but still, a decision like that could have come back to haunt us.
Mike Pelfrey let up a single to Nate McLouth to start the 8th. Melky Cabrera sacrificed to Pelf, moving Mclouth to second. Mike uncorked a wild pitch that moved Nate McLouth to 3rd base with 1 out and the Mets up one run. This forced the Mets to bring the infield in, which payed off when Martin Prado grounded to Jose Reyes and started the run down that eventually got Nate McLouth out. That was enough for Manuel to bring in Pedro Feliciano to pitch to Jason Heyward for the last out. Heyward hit a jammed shot to Wright who made a crazy throw to 1st, which Ike Davis backed up. This put runners on first and third with Chipper Jones coming to the plate. Feliciano ended up walking Chipper to load the bases up for Brian McCann. Pedro on a 2-2 pitch struck out Brian McCann on a high fastball to preserve the Mets 1 run lead. Fransisco Rodriguez came in for the save(5/7 in save opps) and quickly retired the first two batters before walking Yunel Escobar. On a gutsy play, Escobar stole second base to put himself in scoring position. Rodriguez beared down and struck out Nate McLouth to end the game, stopping the Mets losing streak at 5 games.