Mets Game 74: Win Over Rockies

Mets 3 Rockies 1

For the second consecutive game, Jose Reyes led off the game with a triple and eventually scored to put the Mets ahead 1-zip.

This time, however, the Mets held up the lead.

Carlos Beltran added a two-run homer — an absolute blast about 15 rows into the second deck in deep right-center — to give the Mets a three-run lead.

Mike Pelfrey backed it up, pitching 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing five walks and three hits in a 98-pitch effort. He struggled mightily in the early innings, but pitched through jams without allowing any runs to cross the plate.

Joe Smith allowed a solo homer to Yorvit Torrealba in an inning and a third of relief, but Duaner Sanchez and Billy Wagner shut down the Rockies the rest of the way to preserve Big Pelf’s 4th victory.

Next Game

The Mets come home to Shea to face the Seattle Mariners in a 7:10 pm game on Monday night. Johan Santana faces “King” Felix Hernandez.

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  1. sincekindergarten June 23, 2008 at 4:17 am
    Big kudos in this one to Big Pelf, who gutted it out for a while. He’s had four consecutive good starts, and it all traces back to a talk that Pedro had with him about that long ago. Big Pelf was obviously available for the talk, and he took Pedro’s counsel to heart.

    I’m sitting here, this morning before the first cup of coffee, and the New York Post from Friday is between where I’m sitting and the monitor. In the bottom right corner of the back page, there’s a Mike Vaccaro column listed that says, “It’s too early to bury the Mets.” The Phillthies’ pitching staff bore that out over the last five games. Hole Camels lost two starts, and he’s their most reliable starter.

    As I told a Phillthies fan on another board . . .

    We’re coming. Be scared. 🙂

  2. julie June 23, 2008 at 6:10 am
    Why was Trot Nixon taken out and Anderson moved to left when Endy came in?
  3. joe June 23, 2008 at 9:31 am
    SK – funny, isn’t it, how Pedro arrives and certain pitchers start pitching well? So much for the smoke and mirrors of Rick Peterson.

    Julie – it was a double switch, so Joe Smith / the pitcher would hit in Trot Nixon’s spot in the order. Endy went into the 9th place in the lineup, which allowed him to hit in the top of the seventh (Anderson would have batted fourth that inning if they didn’t go down 1-2-3). The move allowed Smith to pitch another inning without being lifted for a pinch-hitter.