Mets Game 62: Win Over Orioles
Mets 6 Orioles 4
For once, the Mets did what they were supposed to do.
Mike Pelfrey pitched a solid game, the defense was sharp, and the offense stayed within itself and took advantage of their opponent’s miscues to come away with a legitimate, if unspectacular, victory. (And I mean no disrespect by saying “unspectacular” — this is the way this team needs to win going forward, by grinding it out.)
Pelfrey pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowed 2 runs, 5 hits, walked 3, and struck out two. The only scores off of him came on a Nick Markakis two-run homer.
The Mets collected eleven hits, but only one for extra bases, scoring four times in the fourth and twice in the sixth.
Bobby Parnell was brought in to finish out the game but he
walked allowed singles to the first two batters he faced, creating a save situation for Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod made things interesting, walking two and allowing two runners to score (both charged to Parnell), but he eventually saved the day for the seventeenth time this season.
Alex Cora stroked three singles and scored a run in five trips to the plate.
Brian Schneider belted the only extra-base hit, a double that neither drove in a run nor led to one. He did, however, drive in his sixth run of the season with a single in the fourth frame.
K-Rod threw 25 pitches, but it felt like twice that many.
Next Mets Game
Mets and Orioles go live at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night. Tim Redding faces Koji Uehara (pronounced WAY-a-hah-rah).