Mets Game 94: Win Over Rockies

Mets 3 Rockies 0

If not for a Brad Hawpe single in the fourth, the Mets might have made history.

At the time, Hawpe’s flare off of sore-shouldered Pedro Martinez seemed innocent enough. But by the time David Wright snared a liner off the bat of Garrett Atkins in the top of the ninth to end the game, it was huge — because it was the only base hit the Rockies earned all day.

Once again, a no-hitter eluded the Mets record book, as it has for 46 years running. Some day, maybe, but not this one.

The no-hitter may have been lost, but the game was not. The Mets collected seven more hits than their rivals, and three runs, en route to their seventh eighth straight victory and third shutout in five games. Pedro lasted only four, striking out three and walking three in a 66-pitch outing cut short by shoulder tightness. He never threw faster than 88 MPH, and used mostly a combination of slow curves, slower curves, and change-ups to keep the Colorado hitters off balance. Carlos Muniz came on and pitched two perfect innings in earning his first Major League victory. Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweis, and Billy Wagner also threw perfect innings (efficient, too — only 33 pitches total among them) to continue the bullpen’s outstanding string of late.

The three Mets runs came courtesy of a Jose Reyes solo homer, an RBI single by Fernando Tatis, and an RBI double by Brian Schneider.


Carlos Beltran also belted a double, his 23rd of the season, and proceeded to steal third (his 15th SB), before scoring on Tatis’ single.

The Mets’ bullpen has allowed two hits and no runs in the last five games, covering 18 1/3 innings.

In addition to the double, Schneider also walked three times. He’s 2-for-5 with 6 walks in his last three games.

Carlos Delgado went 1-for-2 with two walks, but his average is still a few points shy of .250. The walks he’s drawing lately, however, are very encouraging. He was walked intentionally once in this game — something that hadn’t been happening earlier this season.

Randy Johnson and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 10-4, and lead the now second-place Mets by only a half game. Not that any of us are scoreboard watching or anything …

Next Game

The Mets and Rockies play the final game of their series, and the last game before the All-Star break, at Shea on Sunday at 8:05 pm. Mike Pelfrey takes the mound against Mark Redman. Redman has a 7.07 ERA in eight starts this year. He’s given up 21 runs in his last 4 starts, covering 19 2/3 innings. But I’m still not expecting anything. The game is on ESPN.

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  1. sincekindergarten July 13, 2008 at 5:03 am
    Redman is a lefty, and the Mets are 18-11 against LHSP this year. Colorado is 26-44 against RHSP this season.

    Hopefully, Manuel will get them pumped up to finish the pre-ASB part with a bang.

    Delgado’s been taking the inside fastball more and more. Also, the “hustle double” he ran out Friday night seems to indicate that maybe Jerry Manuel and Mike Oberkfell have gotten to him and told him, “Better start hitting well or fly pine more often.” The announcement that Fernando Tatis would be coming in for defense at 1B late in games may have energized him . . .

  2. isuzudude July 13, 2008 at 6:14 am
    “…en route to their seventh straight victory and third shutout in five games.” Joe, it’s 8 straight wins, baby! Longest streak in over 2 years and in the process (courtesy of info provided by Fox yesterday) the Mets set a franchise record for lowest amount of hits allowed during one turn through the rotation. 13 hits in 5 games. Also, according to Elias, no team ever has held the opposition to 3 hits or less in 5 straight games. And all this with Perez walking 6 on Firday, Pedro throwing just 4 innings yesterday, Maine going just 4.2 on Thursday, and a bullpen throwing 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings.

    Anybody else felt like slapping Ken Rosenthal during yesterday’s broadcast? Freakin’ guy just had to rain on the parade and say something to the effect of “the Mets aren’t the first team this season to pad their stats against the NL West, so don’t expect this winning streak to continue once they start playing better competition.” Hey asshole, are you aware the Mets started their winning streak with 3 victories over the 1st place Phillies, in Philadelphia? Maybe it’s true that the Mets have started an easier portion of their schedule, but it’s also true that the Mets had one of the harder schedules in baseball over the 1st half, so it’s about time the schedule has eased up a little. Additionally, why is it Rosenthal’s job to criticize the Mets for beating up on cupcakes? Why not say, “hey, the Mets usually play down to competition and now it appears they’ve rounded a new corner.” Hey Ken, how about sticking to dreaming up of wild trade rumors and reporting them as fact, and leave your subjective thoughts to yourself.

  3. Micalpalyn July 14, 2008 at 12:55 pm
    If i remember rightly it was ineptness against LA, SD and ARZ just a month ago that prempted Willies ousting. Getting swept by the awfull padres was a low point for the season thus far.