Mets Game 79: Win Over Tigers
Mets 14 Tigers 3
Finally, the Mets break the Flushing 500, and do it with a flourish.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey was struggling through the first four frames, and used smoke and mirrors to work out of jams. Then the Mets exploded to give him a 9-0 lead, and the rest was easy.
Seton Hall Prep graduate Rick Porcello looked like he was throwing BP. Just prior to leaving the game, he threw three straight sinkers that didn’t sink over the heart of the plate, and they were mashed. When Josh Thole goes yard and Willie Harris reaches the wall among those three pitches, you know something is wrong with the pitcher. Yes, you have to credit Thole and Harris for whacking those meatballs (which was mildly surprising, since both have been “take” machines all season), but those long drives occurred because the pitcher allowed them to happen. My point is, don’t expect these two slap hitters to turn into extra-base sluggers anytime soon.
In addition to Porcello having a bad day, the Mets lucked out by facing Daniel Schelereth when he hadn’t thrown in ten days and was rusty. Nice combination that resulted in an offensive explosion.
Jose Reyes was 4-for-4 for the second consecutive game, while also drawing a walk, whacking his 15th triple, and scoring three runs. It was the first time a Met went 4-for-4 in back-to-back games since 2006 — when Jose Reyes accomplished the feat.
Another feat that hasn’t been seen by a Met in a long, long time was the grand slam. After not hitting one since August 1, 2009 — 23 months ago — the Mets hit two grand salamis in back-to-back innings. Jason Bay officially ended the drunken drought in the fourth with a blast off of Schlereth, and it was deja vu all over again when Carlos Beltran victimized Schlereth with another one in the fifth.
Every Met starter had at least one hit; they collected 18 as a team, the most they’ve had all year in a 9-inning game.
Next Mets Game
The Mets and Tigers do it again at 7:05 PM on Wednesday night. Chris Capuano takes the mound against Phil Coke.