Mets Game 28: Win Over Phillies
Mets 2 Phillies 1
United States Special Forces, executing a CIA operation, shot Osama Bin Laden and took possession of his dead body. Though this doesn’t signify the end of terrorism nor the defeat of Al-Qaeda, it is a welcome turn of events and a symbol of victory for many of us.
In other news, the Mets and Phillies engaged in comparatively meaningless ballgame.
Mets Game Notes
Like Jon Niese on Saturday, Chris Young pitched well enough to win, allowing only one run on 2 hits and 3 walks, striking out 7 in 7 innings. But, the Mets offense couldn’t muster more than one run off Cliff Lee, so Young left the game without a decision.
Pedro Beato was spectacular, pitching three innings of scoreless relief, allowing 2 hits in a 43-pitch effort. Most impressive was that he was as cool as a cucumber and completely composed. Also, he was confident, having no fear throwing strikes to Ryan Howard when he had a base open. Big, big step for Beato.
Taylor Buchholz also pitched well, spinning the final two frames to earn the victory. In the process, he extended his bullpen season-high scoreless innings to 8.2 innings.
Ronny Paulino collected 5 hits in his Mets debut, including two against righthanders and one of those was the one that drove in the winning run of the game. Paulino also threw out Ben Francisco attempting to steal in the bottom of the tenth.
Bobby Valentine pointed out something I hadn’t noticed before: Ike Davis “steps in the bucket” a little more against lefties than he does vs. righties. I’ve always noted Davis’ habit of striding toward first base instead of directly toward the pitcher, but never realized he stepped further when a lefty is on the mound. That’s somewhat unusual, and would help explain any problems Ike may have hitting lefties.
The Mets are undefeated with Ronny Paulino in the lineup. Coincidence?
Next Mets Game
The Mets have a day off on Monday and then host the Giants in Flushing on Tuesday at 7:10 PM. R.A. Dickey goes to the mound against Ryan Vogelsong.