Mets Game 102: Win Over Reds
Mets 4 Reds 2
An entertaining game from start to finish. And once again, the Mets reach that tantalizing .500 mark.
Mets Game Notes
R.A. Dickey kept the Reds befuddled through 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on 8 hits and a walk, striking out 7. I’m still not sure how Cincinnati scored against him. I mean, I know how — I saw how — but what I mean is, Dickey had the knuckler dancing, while also having command of it, and it was surprising that the Reds were able to do anything at all against it. They seemed to be defending themselves against the knuckler rather than attacking it.
In contrast, Reds starter Mike Leake struggled a bit with his command — his sinker was running wildly to the left and right — but he managed to work out of jams and keep the Mets from crossing the plate. It was kind of like Dillon Gee‘s performance on Sunday, except Leake had command of his stuff than Gee. Leake actually left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Cincinnati bullpen threw gasoline on a small fire and allowed four runs to score in the seventh — two of them charged to Leake. Once Leake left, it was like a dam burst … as if there was, um, a leak …
Dan Murphy led off the second inning by lashing a double into the left-center gap. He then attempted to advance to third base on a ground ball back to the pitcher, and was retired easily. It’s things like this that happen consistently and make you shake your head, wondering if Murphy will ever “get it”. He thinks like Reyes but runs like Murphy.
Later in the game, Murphy cut off a throw from the outfield destined for home plate as a run crossed the plate. Had he allowed the ball to go through, it would have been a close play at the plate. I’m not sure if Josh Thole called for him to cut it off or if Murphy made the decision on his own, but either way, it was a strange decision.
But, we will glaze over Murphy’s questionable decisions because he is a doubles machine — he hit two more in this game and now has 26 on the season. Is anyone keeping track of the runs Murphy creates compared to the runs he allows in the field and loses on the basepaths? I gave up counting a long time ago.
Jason Bay hit his first extra-base hit in almost 200 at-bats, lashing an RBI double during that four-run 7th. It was his 31st RBI of the season. Ouch.
David Wright had two more hits. He’s now 8 for 19 since coming off the DL. Go David.
Brandon Phillips made several stellar plays at second base to rob the Mets of base hits. I know he is a Gold Glove Award winner but I never realized how good he was defensively. That’s one of the negative aspects of interleague play — we get to see some NL teams only a few times a year and therefore don’t always get the chance to fully appreciate many NL players. But hey, at least we get to experience rivalries like Mets vs. Athletics.