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.

Notes

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.

Next Game

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.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten June 2, 2008 at 7:48 am
    “The real Johan Santana.” Right now, the imitation looks pretty damned good!

    I noticed that Beltran’s HRs Saturday and Sunday went over the same spot of the wall–Sunday’s just hit 15 feet further down the scoreboard. And if Ryan Church plays this good in a “brain fog,” when he gets to 100%, it’s gonna be rough for the rest of the NL East.

  2. Micalpalyn June 2, 2008 at 11:38 am
    Just a few points:

    1. Santana: This is the first time i really saw Johan extend the zone. Hitters looked foolish trying to chase off speed pitches. I think his FB is hittable and too often its getting too much of the plate. BUT he has great stuff. THIS is the performance i was waiting for. He dominated pretty much.

    2. willie…i mean Bill R. Goes RIGHT to Sho with the bases loaded instead of keeping little Joe out there.

    3. Enuff of your man crush on DW. You OWE Beltran an apology. He might not be at .293 but he is hitting and winning ball games.

    4. With Church out, Guys had to step up and after the Atlanta trip some of the funk started to clear. NOW potentially Reyes, CB, DW and Church are a potent tandem. If Luis, moises and whomever contribute that makes this line up much better. Bill-R seems to be switching between Ramon and Schneider quite well this past week, Also Tatis and Evans.

    With Moises coming I’d like Casanova to go back, not Evans. There are times he looks like he needs experience but he brings something to the team…(youthfull attitude?) and Kharma. Plus he potentially complements Alou who AGAIN should be rotated in. If Moises plays 5 straight games its an injury risk. Suggestion get Evans time at 1st too (diito for Tatis). There should be days with see Evans at 1st and Tatis in LF (or vice-versa).

    5. I agree with Isuzu. Muniz should stay. With Wise out of the way. Potewntially little joe could take a turn on the shuttle. But then again Pel could defer his slot to Pedro. Vargas equals Traxx.

    6. I am giving a round of applause to the Sho. Not only did he with dignity (some anyway) display proffessionalism, but he has come up big this yr. I think he still is exposed with runners on base, but giving the BP failures of Wise, Sosa and Heilman in similar situations i welcome his contributions.