Mets Game 92: Win Over Giants
Mets 7 Giants 3
Behind the bat of Fernando Tatis, the New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants to complete a three-game sweep at Shea.
Tatis went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a homerun, and 4 RBI in pulling his weight as the #5 batter.
The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third when Carlos Beltran singled in Argenis Reyes and Tatis followed with a two-run double. John Maine mowed down the Giants until the fifth, when he suddenly lost his touch. After getting a groundout to start the inning, Maine walked opposing pitcher Barry Zito and leadoff batter Fred Lewis before allowing a two-run double to Randy Winn to tie the score (the Giants scored on a wild pitch by Maine in the fourth). Having already thrown 109 pitches, Maine was lifted for Carlos Muniz, who retired Aaron Rowand to end the inning.
David Wright opened the bottom of the seventh with a double and Tatis blasted his fourth homer of the season — and third in his last five games — to put the Mets ahead 5-3. They tacked on two more later in the inning thanks to an error by third baseman Jose Castillo and an RBI single by Jose Reyes.
The Mets bullpen was spotless in four and a third innings of one-hit relief, with Scott Schoeneweis in the right place at the right time to earn his first victory of the season.
Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth, retiring the side on five pitches.
The Mets as a team left 12 runners on base.
Slugging catcher Brian Schneider walked three times to lead the team to a total of 8 free passes against only 2 strikeouts. Nice pitch selection, guys!
Freshly promoted Nick Evans started in left field and went 1-for-4.
Thankfully, David Wright lost out to Corey Hart for the final spot on the NL All-Star roster. I’m very happy to see David taking a break from baseball. After seeing what he can do after just one day off, imagine the kind of rampage he’ll go on after three days’ rest.
The Mets begin a three-game series to lead into the All-Star break against the Colorado Rockies at Shea. First pitch will be on Friday night at 7:10 pm, with Oliver Perez going against Aaron Cook.