Mets Game 35: Win Over Reds
Mets 8 Reds 3
It was a good day for Mothers who are Mets fans.
In addition, it was a good day for Mets fans in general, as we saw Oliver Perez finally throw a decent game, and watched offense swing hot pink bats — both literally and figuratively.
Perez was brilliant through five, holding the Reds to only three hits and shutting them out through the first five frames. Ollie struggled in the sixth, allowing three runs on a sac fly by Adam Dunn and a two-run triple by Jeff “Screw the Mets” Keppinger, but the Mets answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning to knock down Cincinnati’s momentum and bag the game.
Carlos Beltran was the offensive star of the game, driving in three runs with a double and his third homerun of the season. Beltran’s homer was immediately followed by another tater off the bat of Ryan Church in the fifth; the back-to-back blasts extended the Mets lead to six-zip at the time.
The Mets bullpen wasn’t perfect, but it held the Reds scoreless through three innings.
Beltran is now 5 for his last 11 with 8 RBI, 2 doubles, a triple, and a homerun. I think it’s safe to say he’s out of his slump.
Also out of a slumber is Jose Reyes, who had three hits including a cheap double, two stolen bases, and two runs scored. He and Luis Castillo did a great job of setting the table, as Castillo went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Damion Easley added a hit and run of his own taking over for Castillo, who left the game with “quad discomfort”.
Pedro Feliciano threw only eight pitches, but the bottom of the ninth lasted over forty minutes thanks to lineup confusion. The Reds batted out of order to start the inning, and Willie Randolph pointed out this mistake to the umpires after David Ross flied out. The umpires were completely confused by the situation, possibly because managers usually bring this sort of thing to their attention after a hit, not an out. What followed were about a dozen conferences between the umpires, the umps and Randolph, the umps and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker, etc., while Feliciano waited around on the mound. After it appeared to be all straightened out, David Ross came to bat again, and this time stroked a base hit. Strangely, Dusty Baker started another round of conferences after that hit, when he realized Corey Patterson would not get an at-bat. Or something. With one out and down by five in the last inning, with everyone needing to go see their moms after the game, you’d think Dusty would have let the game run its course rather than extend it any longer. Whatever.
The Nationals travel to New York for a three-game set beginning on Monday at 7:10 PM, weather permitting. The Mets send Nelson Figueroa to the mound against Odalis (“Don’t Call Me Oliver”) Perez.