Mets Game 27: Win Over Phillies

Mets 7 Phillies 5

The Mets jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third inning, and appeared on the way to a laugher. However, the offense took the rest of the day off, and the Phillies chipped out five runs the rest of the way to keep it close — and necessitate a fourth straight appearance by Frankie Rodriguez.

Mike Pelfrey pitched very well, allowing three runs on eight hits and 1 walk in seven full innings. Pedro Feliciano, however, did not pitch so well, allowing a two-run homer to Jayson Werth to make things interesting.

Offensively, the Mets exploded in the first three frames, highlighted by first-inning homeruns by Carlos Beltran and David Wright and a second-inning blast by Jose Reyes. Ramon Castro drove in the Mets’ final two runs with a booming, 415-foot double to the centerfield wall in the third inning. Gotta love that “long” swing.

The Mets won their fourth straight, fifth in their last six, and finally are above .500.

Notes

Frankie Rodriguez now has 5 saves in May — he had four in the entire month of April.

Wright went 3-for-3 and in his fourth at-bat, Clay Condrey threw behind his head. It was not a mistake, despite what might have been said by the SNY crew. The Mets did not retaliate, because gentlemen don’t do that.

Gary Sheffield went 0-for-3 with a walk in his first start since May 2 and 7th start of the season. I don’t expect him to be very productive as a starter unless he’s put in there for at least 4-5 games in a row. But that’s not likely to happen unless someone gets injured.

Next Mets Game

The Mets open a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at 7:10 PM. Jonathan Niese makes his first MLB start of 2009 against Jeff Karstens, who is 1-1 with a 1.50 WHIP and a weak chin.

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  1. wohjr May 8, 2009 at 10:39 am
    Building on the Clay Condrey comment, Jerry ended up getting thrown out on a completely baloneyous obstruction call. Victorino actually appeared to throw an elbow at Reyes on the way by but Reyes got called for obstruction. Add in jason werth flipping the bird at the RF fans the last three innings and I feel pretty confident saying whatever their objections to the Mets’ celebrations, the Phils are the real punks. Of course, when you win the world series, maybe you get to be a punk
  2. wally May 8, 2009 at 11:00 am
    Manuel staged that ejection … he’s been waiting for a blowout one way or another to make his appearances. Totally media driven, so he appears to be behind his players. Nobody argues three different calls when you’re up by six runs. If Manuel knew the game would get close at the end his can would’ve remain planted on the pine.
  3. wohjr May 8, 2009 at 11:03 am
    Disagree. Being in attendance, I can say that the call on obstruction was bad, but the blown double-play call was truly egregious. And, ohbytheway, they weren’t still up six when Jerry got tossed
  4. joe May 8, 2009 at 11:56 am
    The missed DP call was bad, agreed.

    As for the obstruction, it is a judgment call and I don’t know why the SNY announcers disagreed with it. From what I saw, Jose Reyes was in the baseline without the ball, and therefore impeding the runner. Yes Victorino purposely threw a shoulder at him, but it’s his baseline to run in. The umpire might have been able to eject Victorino from the game for unsportsmanlike conduct, but the obstruction existed.

    I’m not sure about the conspiracy theory of Manuel staging an ejection, but I wouldn’t put it past him.

  5. wohjr May 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm
    Something I’ve been wondering about… is there some sort of policy in place whereby they won’t show replays of questionable calls on the jumbotron? We were getting replays of every play last night, until the blown DP. Ditto for the obstruction. This is definitely not the way it is in hoops