Mets Game 77: Win Over Brewers

Mets 1 Brewers 0

Too much, the magic bus … magic bus!

Fresh off a wonderful bonding session through the streets of Milwaukee, the New York Mets pounded Yovani Gallardo for five hits and an entire run to claim their first victory in six games.

Mike Pelfrey was spectacular, exhibiting the skillset and resolve of an ace. No temper tantrums in the dugout, no glaring at teammates for making mistakes, no meatballs to sluggers on 0-2 counts, and no free passes to the opposing pitcher — just 7 2/3 solid innings of hard-nosed pitching.

The lone Mets run was scored by Luis Castillo on a single by red-hot Ryan Church in the sixth inning.

Sean Green retired the one batter he faced in the 8th to pull Pelf out of a jam, and Frankie Rodriguez made things interesting before notching his 21st save.

Notes

No one has confirmed whether it was the magic bus ride or the family talk that was the reason for the Mets victory. But it had to be either one or the other, if not both. That Jerry Manuel is one heckuva motivator, as we all know.

Next Mets Game

The Mets ride the magic bus to Pittsburgh for another day game on Thursday. Tim Redding faces Pat Maholm in a 12:35 PM start.

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  1. nwaldrop July 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm
    I call this Netherlands baseball. I remember watching the Netherlands in the WBC earlier this year, ( the team was mostly made up of what in America would be AA level players) and thinking, “these guys aren’t very good but they’re not making any mistakes.” I think the score was 2-0 in both games they won. They miraculously won two games against the Dominicans afterwards being quickly beaten in the next round. It was fun to watch those two games when they won, not so fun watching the other two games when they got decimated.
    The Mets will have to play Netherlands baseball until the big bats come back. Hopefully we can be like the Brewers were last year and get the wild card. Meanwhile games like these are sometimes fun but it would be nice to put some runs on the board.
  2. sincekindergarten July 2, 2009 at 5:34 am
    In case you hadn’t noticed, the WC is probably coming out of another division, unless two NL East teams get hot at the same time. The only way that the Mets can get to October 6th or 7th is to win the division. The Phillthies have lost 13 of 17, and the only team not within 3 games of the Phillthies is the Nationals.

    It’s 1973 in the NL East.

  3. CatchDog July 2, 2009 at 7:44 am
    Jeremy Reed needs to get some dirt on Jerry so he can get some dirt on his uniform. It is unbelievable that this guy can’t get into the lineup while F!Mart provides the Mets with a .247 OBP, .281 SLG and a .180 Average.

    But hey; the Mets are 1-0 in their last 1, undefeated in July and haven’t given up a run yet this month.

    The (shot) glass is half full…

  4. isuzudude July 2, 2009 at 10:54 am
    “1-0 in their last 1.” Funny stuff, ‘dog. I’m surprised Jerry hasn’t used that in one of his postgames by now.
  5. mic July 2, 2009 at 11:26 am
    The way i see it: I’m not inclined to say Pel was brilliant,but it was professional. The TEAM support WAS proffessional…in fact i thought Santana deserved a 2-1 or 3-2 win but came unglued after Fernando-gate.

    indeed MY thing is with a mature pitching staff LED by JS…they HAVE to be mistake free and capitalize when the Mets do score by throwing quality pitches.

  6. gary s July 2, 2009 at 11:49 am
    1-0 in july.just curious, does anybody think we will still be in a pennant race by august 1?
  7. isuzudude July 2, 2009 at 12:38 pm
    The Mets are just 2 games out right now, gary. Even if they’re 8 or 9 games out on Aug 1, I think they’re still in it. Remember, the Phils cut thru a 7 1/2 game deficit in 1 month in 2007, so with so much time yet to go this year, and with the caliber players the Mets still have coming back to them, why can’t the Mets remain in contention?

    I’m not saying it’s going to happen, but a Met win today, paired with a Phillies loss, puts us 1 game back with a 3 game weekend series coming up. And if the Mets win that series, (depending on what Florida does) the Mets could be in first. Chew on that.