Mets Game 9: Win Over Brewers
Mets 4 Brewers 2
Hometown boy Nelson Figueroa made good in his Shea debut!
Figgy pitched six strong innings, earning his first MLB win in five years. He gave up two hits, two walks, and two earned runs, while striking out six in an impressive performance. He was perfect through the first four innings, mixing up an array of breaking pitches and changeups to keep the Brew Crew off balance. He was far from overpowering, but did an outstanding job of dropping in overhand curves mixed with sinking fastballs at several speeds. This is what you call “crafty”.
While Figgy was mowing down the Milwaukee batters, the Mets offense gave him just enough for a victory, thanks to a three-run fourth. David Wright singled to lead off the inning and Carlos Beltran followed with a walk. Then Carlos Delgado rapped a single to right under the glove of Prince Fielder to score Wright, and Damion Easley popped a fly ball to left to score Beltran. A passed ball (really, though, it should have been ruled a wild pitch) chased Delgado to second, and Ryan Church absolutely blistered a ball up the middle that couldn’t score Delgado because it was hit too hard. No matter, because Raul Casanova ripped a liner into left that scored Delgado for the third run of the inning and game.
Miraculously, the Mets bulllpen held up Figgy’s lead, pitching three hitless inning of relief. Billy Wagner earned his first save of the year while expending only 7 pitches.
If Figgy can give us six innings with only two runs every time out, then we’ve found a #4 starter — never mind a #5.
Adding to the story was the start by Raul Casanova, who was originally drafted by the MEts in 1990 (!). Yes he has some MLB experience, but it took him 18 years to start a game behind the dish with the Mets. Wow.
Isn’t Ryan Church supposed to have problems with lefties?
Rumor has it that Nelson Figueroa — who dropped a beautiful bunt and beat it out for a hit in the fourth — is a switch-hitter. We’ll see, perhaps, next time.