Mets Game 142: Win Over Phillies

Mets 10 Phillies 9

David Wright, homerun slugger, finally re-emerged.

Wright saved the day with two two-run homers in the final two innings, and drove in six runs on the day, to lead the Mets over the Phillies. Wright’s second dinger in the top of the ninth overshadowed an awful outing by Mike Pelfrey, who pilfered a four-run advantage handed to him after the first frame.

Big Pelf proceeded to allow 8 runs in 6 innings on 10 hits — including 3 homeruns — before Ken Takahashi came in to give the Phillies another run. However, it would be their last, and the Mets made their move in the final third of the contest.

Frankie Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to notch his 31st save. Pedro Feliciano was credited with the win.


Lost in Wright’s heroics was Dan Murphy’s role in comeback. In the seventh, Murphy hit a ball that was misplayed on the wet ground into a double, then stole third when Jamie Moyer ignored him. He scored on a Wilson Valdez groundout. Then in the eighth, Murphy singled home Carlos Beltran to put the Mets within a run and set up Wright’s winning blast.

Just when you think Mike Pelfrey has taken a step forward, he takes two steps back. Though he walked only one, Pelfrey was often behind on the count — only 65 of his 110 pitches made it into the strike zone.

Thirteen runs scored in the ballgame before a pitching change was made.

Wright’s taters were his first since August 5th.

Howie Rose provided the play by play, which was a nice surprise. Unfortunately Tim McCarver babbled the color commentary for the FOX broadcast.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Phillies play a day / night doubleheader on Sunday. Game one begins at 1:05 PM, will be televised on ESPN, and pits Tim Redding against Kyle Kendrick. The nightcap starts at 8:05 PM, with John Maine making his first start since June 6th and facing the undefeated Pedro Martinez.

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  1. isuzudude September 12, 2009 at 9:17 pm
    Wow, what a game. It was ugly, but entertaining, and as a Met fan these days that’s all I can ask for. It was just gravy on the potatoes that this dramatic victory came over the Phillies. Wonder how they like being handed some of their own medicine.

    And when I heard Howie Rose doing the play by play, I was surprised and overjoyed. I had no idea he was working for Fox.

  2. JC September 12, 2009 at 9:53 pm
    Awesome… its great to be on the winning side of one of these games. I know theres no reason to watch the Mets anymore, but us true Mets fans still watch. And today it paid off. We were treated to a great game. Wright was awesome and I think this game is gonna get his power going again. Lets win this series even if it doesnt matter at all! Good game tmrw night! John Maine vs Pedro Martinez!! LETS GO METS!!!
  3. edfever September 12, 2009 at 10:03 pm
    great feel good win in a lost season especially against the Phillies…

    The big difference for Pelfrey was that he didn’t have Schneider behind the plate. After his two horrendous starts it was Schneider who milked that last start out of him; nodding approval, pointing his mitt on good pitches, keeping the pace moving and getting to the mound quickly. Schneider was suppose to be his persaonal catcher for the rest of the year but as he gets phased out Santos caught him today and without the babysitting he was a wreck again…

  4. gary s. September 12, 2009 at 10:55 pm
    happenned to see ninth inning today..always great to beat phillies..nice to see wright hit game the way, in citifield, his game winner would have been caught in front of the left field wall and the mets would have lost 9-8.MOVE THE FENCES IN NEXT YEAR!!!!