The Mets beat the D-Backs 4-3 today at Citi Field.
Why the Mets won:
Johan Santana pitched fantastic today. He threw seven innings, allowing three runs on nine hits, earning his first win of the year, and his first win since 2010. Johan was really grinding it out and luckily, he finally got backup from the Mets offense (just enough, I’d like to point out). He walked one, struck out five, and threw 74 of his 108 total pitches for strikes.
Why the D-Backs lost:
Patrick Corbin. The young, inexperienced rookie was knocked out after just 3.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits. The Mets really made him work. He threw 83 pitches on the night. After a quick first innings, they wouldn’t let Corbin rest, and finally got to him in the fourth inning, scoring four runs.
Points of discussion:
- Daniel Murphy had a fantastic game. He went 4-4 with a run scored. This great game raises his average to .315.
- Although I hate to admit it, Andres Torres has played pretty well so far this season. After controversy over whether he’d have a job when he came off the DL, Torres is 7 for 19 with six RBI. He was 1-3 today with two RBI and a walk.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis got on base three times in four plate appearances today. He went 1-2 with two walks. He has impressed me with his ability to get on base in a variety of ways this season.
- The Mets played well today, in my mind. They got small contributions from a couple of different places, ultimately giving them enough to win. The key to success for this team is doing all the little things, with everyone contributing.
The Mets go for the series tomorrow, with R.A. Dickey on the hill for the Mets.
(Sorry for the brief recap everyone…)