Mets Game 145: Win Over Nationals

Mets 13 Nationals 10

Another wild one.

The Mets squandered a six-run lead, but stayed in the game and squeaked out a win thanks to the suddenly explosive offense.

Carlos Delgado didn’t hit ANY homeruns, but David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Fernando Tatis picked up the slack for the MVP candidate in leading the Mets to victory.

Mike Pelfrey was far from dominating, but kept the Mets in the game through five so-so innings. However, he allowed the Nats to chip away at an ample advantage, and handed a slim two-run lead to Aaron Heilman. Heilman promptly allowed a walk and a two-run homer, tying up the game and likely terminating any possibility of his entering another contest in 2008.

The game remained 7-7 until the 7th, when the Mets exploded for four runs, capped off by a two-run, single by Brian Schneider. The Nats came roaring back with three of their own in the top of the eighth, but the Mets answered with another two in the bottom of the frame to seal the game.

Notes

David Wright was 4-for-4 with a walk, 4 runs, 3 RBI, a double, and a homerun. Beltran went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Tatis was 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Jose Reyes and Ryan Church drew a combined four walks hitting first and second in the lineup.

Brian Stokes finally broke his string of stupendous pitching, allowing a three-run homer in the eighth to Cristian Guzman.

Luis Ayala converted his seventh save of the season. Joe Smith earned his second win in as many days, and fifth of the year.

There are 17 games left, and the Mets are up by 3.5 over Philadelphia, with a four-game advantage in the loss column (you can always win more games, but you can’t lose less).


Next Game

The Mets get another day off on Thursday, then host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series. Johan Santana faces Mike Hampton in the opener on Friday night. Game time is 7:10 pm.

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  1. sincekindergarten September 11, 2008 at 4:19 am
    Hell, it seems that the Mets and Nats scored as many points as the Giants and Skins last week.

    I went to bed after Aaron Heilman gave up that shot to Guzman. Something told me that it would all shake out in the end.

    Gaining a game on the Phillthies is always a good thing. They get the Brewers tonight, but they miss Sabathia.

  2. isuzudude September 11, 2008 at 6:38 am
    Plain and simple, these were not the type of games the Mets were winning at this point last year. When Heilman allowed the Nats to tie it, the offense would have gone into hybernation for the rest of the game, and it would have just been a matter of time before the bullpen imploded and sent the Mets to another loss. But this year, it seems like anything the opposition tries to accomplish, the Mets are always one-upping. So what if you rallied back from a 7-1 deficit? We’re still going to score 6 more runs and win the game. This attitude makes watching the games so much more enjoyable. And with every victory, the odds of the Mets collapsing again become slimmer and slimmer.

    On the topic of Heilman, Joe I hope you’re seeing now why 95% of Met fans don’t trust this guy in any situation. It’s true he’s been forced to enter a lot of ballgames in which he needs to work out of someone else’s mess, or he’s facing matchups that present him with a lot of problems. But last night clearly was not one of them. And what a surprise, it’s another lead-off walk that haunts him, as well as a home run to a left-handed batter. At this point, I think you have a tough argument to include Heilman on the postseason roster, if the Mets make it that far. I know that likely won’t happen, probably because management still views him as the bullpen stalwart he was in 2006, but do any of us trust Heilman in any game in which the tying or go-ahead run is due up to the plate? I defintely don’t. Maybe he can be effective if Jerry only pits him against righties, but even then I have my doubts. The sad truth is that Heilman is our worst pitcher this year, and he can’t be trusted anymore – regular of postseason – with the game on the line. Enough is enough.

    I’ll be at Saturday’s game, as long as it doesn’t get rained out. Boy, that would tick me off. If anyone else is going I’d love to know.

  3. Micalpalyn September 11, 2008 at 10:31 am
    Good stuff. Isuzu’s opening line IS the bottom line. Sorry Joe but THIS team…(under Jerry) is beleiving….as opposed to the WR mets.

    1. Time to hit Church behind Del. Del alreadyhas to battle ‘the shift’, no doubt he’ll be pitched around ad nauseum.

    2. Yahoo has annointed stokes as a potential Met closer…..hmmm. yes he gave up 3 runs but right now giving up a HR to Christian Guzman is not an anomaly.

    3. This Nats team helped get us to 3.5 games ahead of the philth by taking 2 from them last week. With Dukes, Millz, Hanrahan, Lannan, Zimm, the team poses a threat in the future.

    4. Disable Heilman…(or trade him). Apparently he is playing with tendonitis and thats not fair given that you cant trust him in post season anyway. we have claudio vargas and bob parnall who can pitch.

    5. Yeah Del is getting the pub…but look at the season numbers for CB, DW and Reyes.

    6. as usual the races have ‘miracle’ candidates. Its hard to believe but the Brews (and Cubs) could be scuttled by the Stros and even the Phils. I remember just 8 or so weeks ago when the harden, Sabathia and Haren trades took place that those teams had virtual locks on playoff spots. Yet today the Cubs look like they could still impersonate ….the cubs. AND I’d hate to match up against the Stros in post season.

    7. SIX man Rotation. Everyone seems to be running on fumes right now! pel has come back to earth, Ollie is spotty, Pedro is Pedro is looking like El Duque. I think Niese is hardly a downgrade. I think he needs to be inserted or Claudio Vargas (or both) to get our starters more rest and take advantage of the offensive support.

  4. sincekindergarten September 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm
    Mic, a couple of things . . .

    1) Agree on the six-man rotation. Besides giving Pedro (and everyone else) an extra day off, there’s the added benefit of getting a read on Jon Niese, in the endgame of a pennant race–but not one that might put him in the “win or else” situation that Phil Humber was in last year. I would think that Jerry Manuel would be smart enough to skip Niese in said situation and pitch someone else (most likely Johan, and he’d be chewing through the iron bit to do it) in that spot.

    2) I could see Stokes as a closer. 95+ mph fastball, and a breaking pitch (slider?) that comes in in the low 80s.

    3) Yeah, Carlos Beltran and DWright might do well in the postseason, but Carlos Delgado isn’t cooling off just because the outside temps go south. I think I’ve already said this, but if I’m an opposing pitcher from Delgado, the I walk him unless the bases are loaded and the winning run is the one on third.

    4) Jerry Manuel won’t put Bobby Parnell in, in any situation until the Mets clinch.

  5. Micalpalyn September 12, 2008 at 4:31 pm
    Where is Claudio? with Billy out indefinately he could go to the 60 day DL opening a spot…correct?