Mets Game 47: Win Over Marlins

Mets 2 Marlins 1

Omir Santos has officially tied the hands of Mets management.

Santos has been Joe Hardy-like in his first two months as a Met, getting one after another clutch RBI and walk-off hits. In this game, he drove in both runs, creating a situation where Mets management cannot Chip Ambres him back to AAA when Brian Schneider is activated on Saturday.

Santos hit a solo homer in the fifth to tie the game, and drove in Gary Sheffield from third base in the bottom of the 11th to give the Mets the win.

Sheffield led off the inning with a walk, and the 40-year-old stole second, and proceeded to third when the catcher’s throw sailed into the outfield.

Mike Pelfrey was outstanding, pitching 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball, allowing only five hits and a walk, striking out 6.

However, Pelf’s effort did not return him a win, as rookie Sean West matched him pitch for pitch. West went seven, allowing four hits and a walk.

Pedro Feliciano, who threw six pitches to get the final out in the top of the eleventh, was awarded the victory.


Not much to say. It was a fairly crisp, clean, quick game, mainly due to the strong pitching performances. Well, it was quick until it went into extras.

Pelfrey is quickly evolving into a legit #2 starter, meaning, he can slot into most rotations around MLB in that role.

Next Mets Game

Mets and Marlins do it again at 1:10 PM. John Maine faces Josh Johnson.

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  1. CatchDog May 30, 2009 at 8:36 am
    “Pelfrey is quickly evolving into a legit #2 starter, meaning, he can slot into most rotations around MLB in that role.”

    As in Toronto’s, Diego’s or Houston’s? I like your thinking Joe.

    Sheff, Santos, Pelfrey and Feliciano. Same ingrediants as the Red Sox game. Pelf goes 7 or 8 innings. Feliciano throws 6 pitches for the win. Sheff gets on and Santos drives him in.

    Deja vu all over again. Kinda sorta.

  2. isuzudude May 30, 2009 at 9:02 am
    You know, it wasn’t all that long ago that we’d expect to lose a game like this, in which the Mets offense was stagnant against a no-name starting pitcher, wasting a solid performance by their own starter, and then handing the game to the bullpen. But it kinda feels like, now, that these are games the Mets are going to win. With Reyes, Delgado, Church, and Ollie all on the sidelines. Go figure.

    This did seem like the quickest 11-inning game I’ve ever seen. Better not change the channel or you might miss half the game.

    And isn’t it funny how Bob Klapisch (yup, I’m back on him again), can’t take notice to the Mets semi-successful 10-game roadtrip, and consequent 3-game sweep of the Nationals, all while fielding a team of misfits and minor leaguers. Nope, instead his latest article (or propaganda piece, you be the judge) focuses around how terrible the dimensions at CitiField are (while slipping in praise for the “premier launching pad” known as the New Yankee Stadium) and how certain Mets’ sluggers are getting frustrated and annoyed at how the stadium is snuffing out the team’s power ability. And that’s a shaky argument to begin with as the Mets have actually hit more HRs at home than on the road in just as many games. So leave it to the Klap-man to dig up dirt on his least-favorite team even when there isn’t any to be found. Look for yourself, see if you can find any positive articles Klapisch has written about the Mets. My bet is you’ll have to shave before you find one.

  3. mic May 30, 2009 at 10:27 am
    The celebrity du jour is Pelfrey!

    – Last yr (almost exactly) i had to watch Pel against Atl in one of Willie’s last games. Pel was excrutiatingly bad…and the commentators ripped him up and the organization, using him as the example of the rushed uber prospect who had under developed pitches, bad mechanics, and no clue what he was doing.
    …what a difference a year makes!