Mets Game 42: Win Over Red Sox
Mets 3 Red Sox 2
This was a game the Mets shouldn’t have won, and they by unexpected means with the involvement of unlikely men.
Mike Pelfrey pitched a brilliant ballgame, allowing just two runs on six hits in seven innings, but Josh Beckett was just a bit better, allowing one run on five hits in eight frames. It appeared that the Bosox were to deliver a heartbreaker as Jonathan Papelbon stepped on the mound to face the second half of the Mets lineup.
Things looked even bleaker after Papelbon struck out David Wright and Jeremy Reed. Down by a run with two outs and Omir Santos at the plate, many Mets fans likely turned off the TV.
But this Fenway Park, where anything can happen, at any time. Just ask Russell “Bucky” Dent.
Santos lashed a Papelbon pitch over the Green Monster, scoring Gary Sheffield from first and giving the Mets a one-run lead. Now all the Mets had to do was send out K-Rod to seal the victory, right?
Instead, J.J. Putz took the mound in the bottom of the ninth, and despite walking leadoff batter Kevin Youkilis, managed to earn his second save of the season — but not before getting some help from Ramon Martinez, who made a diving snare of a Mike Lowell ground ball and threw a one-hopper to Danny Murphy to end the game.
Nothing for me to add. Either you saw the game or you didn’t. Mets won the series, regardless of what happens today. I think it’s clear: the Mets and Oliver Perez have quite a bit in common, in that we’ll never know which one (good Mets / bad Mets) will show up on a particular day.
Next Mets Game
The series finale begins at 1:35 PM on Sunday afternoon. Tim Redding pitches against Tim Wakefield.