Mets Game 90: Win Over Giants
Mets 7 Giants 0
A splendidly satisfying win from every angle.
If there was a negative, it was that Mike Pelfrey didn’t finish his shutout.
“Big Pelf” was spectacular, spinning seven strong innings of scoreless ball. He allowed only three hits, walked none, and struck out five, expending 113 pitches in the process. From my angle, he looked strong enough to keep going, but I guess there wasn’t much point, what with a six-run lead and arms at the ready to finish up. Also encouraging, Pelfrey threw a few curveballs. That’s right — that demonic breaking pitch eschewed by former pitching coach Rick Peterson. And it didn’t look half bad. Scary to think what Mike will do if he can add even a decent curve to his repertoire.
On the offense, Carlos Beltran was the star, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBI, highlighted by his 14th homer of the season. His offensive explosion came on the same day he was lambasted here at MetsToday. Coincidence? Maybe. I’m thinking about “personally attacking” every player on the 25-man roster if it will result in that kind of performance.
The Mets lit up freak of nature Tim Lincecum from the get-go, beginning with Beltran’s three-run dinger in the first frame. They added an insurance run in the sixth on Carlos “I Hate MetsToday Too” Delgado’s solo homer. Beltran and Damion Easley hit RBI singles to tack on another two in the seventh, and Fernando Tatis closed the scoring with a solo blast to centerfield in the eighth.
Scott Schoeneweis and Joe Smith pitched two perfect innings to finish the game, throwing only 15 pitches (11 strikes) in the process.
Jose Reyes stroked two hits to get his average over .300 on the year. Tatis and Delgado also collected two hits apiece.
Prior to the game, Ryan Church was placed on the 15-day DL because of migraines. Nick Evans will be brought back up from AA to take his place on the roster. Evans is 7 for his last 14 for the B-Mets, and is hitting .311 on the season with 14 homers, 18 doubles, and 7 triples in 296 ABs. Not too shabby.
The Mets host the Giants again at 7:10 pm, with Johan Santana facing lefty Jonathan Sanchez.