Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Mets Grab Series Finale; Beat Phillies 7-4

  • Even though Mike Pelfrey got the win today, it was ugly. The Mets staked him to a four run first inning lead, and he almost gave it right back to the Phillies in the second inning. In fact, the Phillies missed a couple of hangers from Pelfrey which really saved him. To give him some credit, he really muscled up after the second inning, throwing a career high 125 pitches to save a bullpen that has been overused these last few days.

  • Nick Evans has finally arrived from AAA. There was a four at-bat stretch over these last two games in which he hit for the cycle, capped by a three run home run in the first and an opposite field double in the third inning that drove in another run. He is going to be getting at-bats, so it is nice to see him taking advantage of them.

  • In the eighth inning it looked like the Mets were going to blow the lead again. This time, Justin Turner saved the day. With the tying run at the plate, JT made an outstanding diving stop, tossed the ball to Ruben Tejada, who was able to make the throw to first and turn a double play. The defense was shaky again, with three errors in the game, but at the end of the day, it was the defense that saved the game.

  • Bobby Parnell finally got his first save of the season. He did not make it easy, walking two batters to bring the tying run to the plate, but he got the job done. It will be interesting to watch how he handles the closing duties the rest of the way.

The Mets are off tomorrow. They welcome the Braves to Citi Field Friday night with Chris Capuano taking the mound against Tim Hudson. Jose Reyes is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment tomorrow night for the Binghamton Mets in AA. If all goes well, he will be back with the Mets on Monday.

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