Mets Game 55: Dodgers
Mets 6 Dodgers 1
This time, the Mets didn’t need to come from behind late in the game. Instead, they took an early lead and held it.
The Dodgers got on the board first, as Juan Pierre led off the game with a bloop double and scampered home a few moments later on a Matt Kemp single. However, that turned out to be the last time a Dodger crossed home plate, as Johan Santana threw up zeroes the rest of the way.
The Mets evened the score in the bottom of the first, then exploded for another five runs in the third off starter Hiroki Kuroda. David Wright drove in Jose Reyes for the second time in three innings to take the lead, and both Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church blasted homers to put the game away.
Santana didn’t have his best stuff, and seemed to labor through most of the contest. But when it was all said and done, he pitched 7 2/3 innings, gave up one run on 6 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 6. He left the game in the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded, but Scott Schoeneweis came on and retired James Loney to end the threat and the inning. Pedro Feliciano pitched a perfect ninth to close out the win.
I can’t wait until the summer heats up and we see the real Johan Santana. He’s nowhere near the top of his game yet, and he’s still pretty darn good.
Ryan Church picked up right where he left off before his head injury, enjoying a three-hit game. He ripped a single, tomahawed a high fastball over the rightfield fence and blasted a double over Matt Kemp’s head in centerfield.
David Wright has officially caught fire. He was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and is now batting .293. He was 7-for-15 in this four-game series with 2 HR, 2 doubles, 6 RBI, and 5 runs scored.
Wright and Luis Castillo pulled off a spectacular double play in the top of the sixth. I can’t explain it, you have to see it.
This is my least-favorite week of the year — the West Coast swing, with games starting around the time I’d rather be tucking myself into bed. The Mets jumped on a flight after this game and headed to San Francisco to begin a three-game series against the Giants. Oliver Perez pitches against Jonathan Sanchez in a 10:15 pm EST (yawn!) start. Pedro Martinez is scheduled to start Tuesday night’s contest.