Mets Game 36: Win Over Rockies

Mets 4 Rockies 3

It’s nice to once in a while be on the winning end of a one-run game.

Mets Game Notes

Mike Pelfrey pitched very well, allowing three earned runs — all on solo homers — in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out 2, walked 1, and gave up 6 hits. Can’t ask for much more from the big righthander.

On the other side, Jason Hammel did not look all that great but somehow was able to retire most Mets. It was a bad evening for hitters, for whatever reason.

Ike Davis drove in two runs before leaving the game with a calf strain suffered when he got in the way of a steamrolling David Wright on an infield popup.

The other two runs were driven in by Mike Pelfrey, who belted a 4th-inning double to right-center to score Jason Pridie and Ronny Paulino.

Speaking of, Felipe Paulino faced Ronny Paulino in the 9th in the first-ever Paulino/Paulino matchup. Ronny drew a walk.

Don’t ask me why, but after Pelfrey hit that double, it felt to me like the Mets had the game in the bag. I can’t recall having that feeling in a long, long time. Just by observing the body language of the Rockies, it seemed to me that they were rolling over. And the truth is, one of their groundskeepers was rolled over by the tarp during the rain delay, so maybe that’s what it was.

Francisco Rodriguez — perhaps aided by the thin air — reached 93 MPH on the radar gun. He also earned his 10th consecutive save and finished his 12th game of the year.

Next Mets Game

The rubber match begins at 3:10 PM EST on Wednesday afternoon. Jon Niese goes to the hill against Ubaldo Jimenez.

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  1. SiddFinch May 11, 2011 at 12:24 am
    this is an enigmatic team. i feel that they could finish last or just as easily snare the wild card.
    • Joe May 11, 2011 at 9:11 am
      Not quite “just as easily”! And, there is a month or so of a killer schedule coming up. Let’s see how they survive it.
  2. daxmontana May 11, 2011 at 12:42 am
    i feel like this team could finish last, or just as easily finish 5th in the division. Guess we’ll just have to see how it plays out. Nice to see pelf finally starting to embrace that silver slugger role he was saddled with at the start of the season.
  3. Walnutz15 May 11, 2011 at 8:03 am
    I’ll take this outing from Pelfrey. 3 HR’s aside, he pitched alright.

    The 2-Run double off his bat was about as much as any hitter in the middle of the Met order has provided in a few weeks, so we got that goin’ for us.

    . . . . . .which is nice.

    Additionally: for a team that’s supposed to be playing the game “the right way” – fundamentally, all that baloney Collins was feeding at the beginning of ST. . . .lack of communication in the infield had our 1st baseman walking around in a protective boot after last night’s win.

    I really hope that Ike Davis doesn’t hit the D.L. because of the collision with Wright. . . .

    (Selfish reasons have me saying that because Ike’s been a major force this year, roto-wise, and that I already have plenty of ammo geared in Wright’s direction right now.)

    No excuse for that to happen on an infield pop-up. Not exactly the same kind of situation as 2 outfielders running their hardest after a well-struck ball and colliding in the gap.

    Crappy fundamentals strike again (don’t think we’re not noticing these things, Terry).