Monday, July 25, 2011

Izzy Makes Things Interesting, But Mets Hold On For The Win

It wasn't easy, but the Mets managed to get the win in their series opener against Cincinnati.

  • R.A. Dickey was excellent tonight. He went 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and walking one. Dickey probably could have and should have stayed in, but manager Terry Collins thought otherwise, opting to bring in Pedro Beato in the seventh.
  • Daniel Murphy was 2-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. In what appears to be becoming a daily "What was he thinking" moment, Murphy decided to try and advance to third base with no outs after Jason Bay hit the ball back to Cincinnati starter Mike Leake. I bet you're wondering how this turned out. He was out by a mile. I used to find Daniel Murphy to just be a quirky, entertaining player. I no longer have any patience for him and his bone-headed plays.
  • Jason Bay was 1-3 at the plate, including a big RBI double in the seventh inning. This was Bay's first double since May 19. In case your wondering, that's 50 games without a double.
  • David Wright committed his third error since returning from the disabled list on Friday.
  • Tim Byrdak had one of the biggest outs of the night. With two men on base and two outs, Byrdak set down Jay Bruce on three pitches to get the Mets out of the inning.
  • Bobby Parnell had a nice bounce-back game after blowing Sunday's game for the Mets. Parnell pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
  • Jason Isringhausen came in to close out the ninth, and was apparently channeling his inner K-Rod. After getting the lead-off batter to ground out, Izzy then went on to load the bases, thanks in part to Wright's fielding error. He was finally able to get Brandon Phillips to strike out swinging to end it and record his third save of the season, and the 296 of his career.

Next up: The Mets play game two of their four-game series with the Reds. Jon Niese will start for New York. Game time is 7:10 p.m.

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