As we continue this week to look back at our hero Grave, lets take a look at another one of his finest.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programing. If you read that link then you already know the outcome for tonight.
Reyes seems to have found a new toy thanks to Jimmy Rollins teaching him how to be a 3rd place hitter. Jose was able to lead off the game with another great bunt single. Reyes was then able to steal second and take third on the poor throw. Harris struck out on a terrible called swing. With one out Wright stepped up and promptly struck out looking. Uh oh, big zone tonight. Up comes Beltran who flied out to left. Deja vu all over again.
Speaking of Deja vu, Vicki leads off with a triple to start Pelfrey’s night. Unlike the Mets however, Placebo was able to drive in Vicki with a ground out to 2B. Score 0-1. Hey what the hell happen to the big zone? Luckily the Mets were able to take the Rollins bunt away, fly out to CF. Then the Cat Pelfrey had to face Howard who hit a bomb in the gap for a double bringing up Ibanez who singled to LF to drive in Howard. Score 0-2. Here we go again… As you guys know, I am a huge Pelfrey defender but lets hope that April 2011 is not July 2010. Pelfrey was able to get out of the inning just because Harris was standing where Rice-a-roni happened to lace the ball.
The Mets went down quietly in the 2nd only getting an infield single from Emaus. The New Philly’s Ace Joe Blanton was dealing. So much for Pelf having time to clear his head. But hey, last year the Cat’s worst inning was the 1st inning so there’s hope. Until Pistol Pete Orr was able to lead off the inning with an infield single deep in the hole to Reyes. Again, Pelfrey was saved by an overly dramatic play from Harris to record an out on a fly ball to LF. Then Pelfrey had one of the largest brain fart of all time. Allowing bunted pop fly to drop, then throwing the ball to first wildly to say the least. This allowed runners to be on 2nd and 3rd with one out instead of ending the inning. Well that just sucked. With all respect to the last guy’s family, can we get Pelfrey a new shrink? Due to that misplay the Phillies were able to score a run on another ground out. Score 0-3. Placebo then came up to again hit the ball hard to set up 1st and 3rd for Jimmy. Pelfrey’s sinker = batting practice fastball again tonight. Thankfully Jimmy Mc3rdplacebunt struck out on a splitter to put an end to the inning. Really not sure how only 1 run scored in that disaster.
Top of the 3rd inning Ace Blanton continued his mastery by limiting the Mets to a single from Harris. Quietly in the night… Time for the Cat to take the mound again. This time Pelfrey came in to stealthy give up a bomb to Ryan Howard. Score 0-4. ERA 9Million. Ibanez lines a hit up the middle for a single. Pelfrey either needed to be taken out of the game or hit Rice-a-roni in the head. He did neither and gave up a walk to the Ben Fransisco Treat. Pistol Pete hit the ball in no man’s land to load the bases and put an end to my suffering Pelfrey’s night. Bucholtz relieved Pelfrey and came in to retire Schneider only to give up a 2 RBI single to CY Blanton. Score 0-half-dozen. After retiring Vicki, Taylor gave up a single to Placebo driving in Orr. Score 0-baker’s half-dozen. Plefrey’s final line: Cocaine. Mind if I step out for a while? I need a drink. You man the wheel.
Top of the 5th a double from Reyes over the head of the old man, followed by a walk to Harris brings up Wright who singles up the middle to drive in Reyes. 3-7. Single from Beltran drives in Harris 4-7. Oh uh, by the way it appears while I was taking care of a dire thirst it appears Angel Pagan hit a 2 run HR. Speaking of Pagan, single up the middle to load the bases. Wright held at 3rd, interesting decision considering the Mets in ability in previous seasons to hit with the bases loaded. I guess Terry did not know that nor did Davis. Double to RF driving in Wright and Beltran. Score 6-7. This my friends is not the same NY Mets. Love me some Dave Hudgens. A walk to Emaus loads the bases again and produces 7 straight Mets to reach base. Thole, who did not look good against Blanton at all, faced the LH Bastard(o) only to strike out. Up next, Daniel Murphy. Daniel was in an interesting position having appeared as a pinch hitter earlier in the inning yet getting a 2nd ab. Not a pinch hitter, yet no position in the game. Oh yeah, he has a position: Hitter. Murphy singles to drive in Davis. I would have been tempted to force the issue and try to plate 2 there. Score 7-7. Reyes lined out to a leaping, uh stretching arm raised Ibanez. New ball game.
Bottom of the 5th inning more bad luck. Check swing double from Vicki, yeah you read that right. Single to RF from Placebo lands right in front of a diving Beltran plates Vicki. Score 7-8. Walk to Jimmy brings up a hot Howard. Interesting to see what Collins does here with runners on 1st and 2nd 2 outs. With the shift on Boyer goes after Howard. Would Jerry have burned another man in the pen? Would he have abused Perpetual Pedro yet again? Boyer got Howard to ground back to the pitcher yet off his glove into dreaded no man’s land again, scoring a hustling Polanco. 7-9. Wow what bad luck. Inning ends with grounder right beside Boyer to Reyes. Lets see if the new look Mets can come back fighting yet again.
Mets go 1-2-3 in the top of the 6th and Fransisco rang the bell to lead off the bottom of the inning. Score 7-10, looks like a split. Boyer manages to retire the side to end the 6th. Mets do not provide much resistance in the top of the 7th, only a single from Davis. Beato replaced Boyer, the BB connection, and was the first Mets pitcher to retire the Phillies in order.
Mets go quietly again in the top of the 8th inning. Now Terry had to put Kr0d’s option aside. It has been a while since Krod blew that 2nd game of the year, in order to keep him fresh he had to use him. However, the only way he avoids a game finished is if the Mets manage a come back in the 9th. Interesting that Krod could actually pitch poorly and increase his chances of getting a game finished. Odd stat for so much money to be riding on. Krod held up his part of the deal holding the lead at 3 runs with the heart of the Mets order coming up to face Phillies closer Jose Contreras.
First batter Lenny Willie Harris, strikes out. Second batter David Wright gets ahead 3-0 only to pop up to a drifting 2B on the 3-1 pitch. 3rd batter Carlos Beltran walked. Fourth batter Angel Pagan down in the count 0-2 battled only to line out to Jimmy. Final 7-10. Really a game the Mets should have won. I am encouraged by the fact that they battled back to tie the game but with Halladay on deck tomorrow a win vs Blanton would have given the Mets a minimum of a series win. Now the Mets will look to do something they were unable to do in 4 attempts last season, beat Roy Halladay.
Next game: Tomorrow 3:00. Halladay vs Niese.