Mets Game 134: Win Over Rockies

Mets 8 Rockies 3

A successful day for the Mets, and a day of firsts for Josh Thole and Pat Misch.

Behind Misch, the Mets extended their streak of winning at least one game in a series to sixteen straight! That’s right, they haven’t been swept since the Phillies took three in a row way back in the first week of July, just prior to the All-Star break. Unfortunately, the Mets have taken more than one game in a series only once in the past month (thank goodness for four-game series!).

Misch was spectacular through seven, allowing only two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three, en route to his first Major League victory.

Speaking of firsts, rookie Josh Thole made good in his debut, singling in his first MLB at-bat, stealing his first base, and stroking his first extra-base hit — a double in the top of the ninth. He also committed his first passed ball, but we’ll excuse him of that.

The Mets offense chased starter and loser Jason Marquis from the game after the fifth, and launched a 16-hit attack all told against seven Colorado hurlers.

Pedro Feliciano gave up a run in the final two innings in a non-save situation.


All three Rockies runs came on solo homers.

David Wright — sans his Great Gazoo headgear — went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Angel Pagan also had three hits from the leadoff spot and scored twice.

Dan Murphy provided the power from the cleanup spot with two extra-base hits — his eighth homer of the year and his 29th double.

Jeremy Reed collected another pinch-hit, a single up the middle against Matt Herges in the 8th. He now has 13 pinch-hits on the season, batting .310 in that role.

Jeff Francoeur led all Mets by seeing 25 pitches in his five plate appearances.

Next Mets Game

The Mets fly home to begin a weekend series against the Chicago Cubs. Game one is at 7:10 PM on Friday night, with Bobby Parnell facing Carlos Zambrano.

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  1. mic September 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

    My thoughts:

    – There are alot of great reads out this AM including at MetsGeek. All have alot of good things to say.

    -Thole looked good.
    -Misch had a 2nd good outing.

    The links above have the details. But my spin is this;

    -To echo another sentiment; Misch could be a viable starting option. AND he has options. As a starter he has shown he CAN pitch effectively in a Darrin Oliver/5th starter role. Further if you can count on him maybe Omar/Ricco will spend more on say….Jason Bay/John Lackey

    -On Thole: The great thing about being out of the pennant race is there was no temptation to trade away Thole. now we have a new underdog to root for. AND as opposed to 2yrs ago we wont be looking for 2 FA catchers. Indeed I say why not KEEP Thole as a third catcher/1st baseman.

    -If Misch has earned more starts isnt it time to put BP back in the pen?

  2. sincekindergarten September 4, 2009 at 10:08 am
    Not sure I agree with you about your last point, mic. Parnell had been a starter throughout his minor league career, and it wasn’t until this season that he was in the pen. BP has had a rough spot or four; but all (or most, of them, anyway) young pitchers seem to.

    Misch should stay in the rotation for the rest of the year. He may be one of the very few bright spots in this dismal season.

  3. mic September 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm
    1. my response to that is most relivers…krod, billy wags etc were starters too. BP’s greatest assett is his FB. why not exploit it.

    Joe: I think this deems your attention.

  4. Mark September 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm
    16 straight no sweep series! I had no idea. I guess the hating should stop just a little…