The New York Mets went through the Baltimore Orioles like a twister this weekend, further decimating the already impoverished franchise.Â Today the Mets unleashed an offensive storm and got some gutty pitching en route to an 11-4 victory.Â Watching the Orioles the past 3 days reminded me of something:Â the post-All Star break 2009 Mets.Â What they lack in talent they make up for in ineptitude.
Today’s poor execution came courtesy of second baseman Scott Moore.Â With the Orioles still in striking distance of the Mets down 7-3 in the 6th inning, Henry Blanco hit a 1 out single which knocked starter Kevin Millwood (0-8) from the game.Â Jose Reyes greeted reliever Mark Hendrickson with a bunt which Hendrickson quickly fielded, but Moore was late covering first base and Hendrickson’s throw glanced off him into foul territory giving Reyes a generously scored single and allowing Blanco to go to third base.Â Angel Pagan then hit a seeming double play grounder to shortstop Julio Lugo who threw to Moore at second for 1 out but Moore then casually lobbed the ball to first base where Pagan beat the play as Blanco scored the Mets 8th run.Â Not turning the double play extended the inning to the delight of David Wright who launched his 2nd home run of the game making it 10-3 Mets and the Orioles players began wishing a house would fall on them.
Liza Minnelli’s mother wasn’t at the game but according to the Mets radio announcers, Howie Rose & Wayne Hagin, Wright’s mother was.Â He put on quite a show for her.Â With 1 out and Reyes on second base in the 1st inning Wright homered making it 2-0 Mets.Â Wright finished the game 3 for 5 with a double, 2 homers and 4 RBI.Â Following the Wright homer Ike Davis singled and Jason Bay, who homered later in the game, walked, then Chris Carter hit the 2nd home run of his career and of this series and after the top of the 1st inning it was 5-0 Mets.Â The Mets had 4 home runs today and 7 for the series.
Mike Pelfrey (9-1) eventually showed some heart but it took a while.Â Staked to a big early lead he didn’t have his best stuff.Â In the bottom of the 1st he gave up 3 hits and a walk which the Orioles converted into 2 runs and after 1 it was 5-2 Mets.Â Then in the bottom of the 2nd he gave up 2 more hits and a sacrifice fly allowing the Orioles to cut it to 5-3.Â Pelfrey then settled down and didn’t allow another run over the rest of his 6 inning, 101 pitch outing.
Some of the Mets minor characters contributed as well.Â In the 7th after a Bay double, Jesus Feliciano singled him to third from where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Cora.Â That would prove to be the Mets final run and made the score 11-3.Â Jenrry Mejia relieved Pelfrey to start the bottom of the 7th and allowed the Orioles last run on a single, a wild pitch then an RBI single which made it 11-4.Â Ryota Igarashi and Raul Valdes each threw a hitless, scoreless inning to finish off the game and the sweep.