Mets Game 114: Win Over Padres

Mets 9 Padres 8

The Mets pitchers did everything they could to give the game to the Padres, but those gosh-darn Mets hitters insisted on winning the game. Many thanks to former Met Heath Bell for making this victory possible.

Mets Game Notes

Kind of a disappointing performance from Mike Pelfrey. It wasn’t a terrible outing by any means, but it wasn’t great and further, he lost a three-run lead that his offense had given him. Pelfrey allowed 4 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks through 6 1/3 innings. Again, not bad, not great, but from Mike Pelfrey we hope for so much more. Maybe it’s just me, but one of these days I’d really like to see Pelfrey turn nasty, plow through the opposition, and take a victory. Unfortunately I don’t think he has the demeanor — the “killer instinct” to take full advantage of his god-given physical skills. Sad.

As disappointing as Pelfrey was, the bullpen was even worse — Ryota Igarashi in particular, who did not look confident nor comfortable during his one-inning stint. He nearly threw away an easy bunt play, and after blowing a 93-MPH fastball by Will Venable to get to a 2-2 count, inexplicably decided to throw him offspeed junk (and wound up walking him). The fastball is your friend, Iggy!

But hey, the Mets won, in dramatic fashion, so we should focus on the positive, right? Such as the fact Lucas Duda collected his first MLB walkoff hit, and went 3-for-5 with 2 RBI? Or that the Mets ditched their small ball strategy for long-ball in the first three innings?

Queens native Mike Baxter hit the first pitch he saw as a Met and turned it into an RBI double. In truth, it probably should have been scored a two-base error on Kyle Blanks, who did his best impression of Wily Mo Pena in completely misjudging the fly ball. But hey, Baxter is a hometown kid, and it’s a feel-good story, so let’s not split hairs. Congrats to Baxter; looking forward to seeing more from him.

On another positive note, Jason Bay stayed hot, hitting his ninth homer of the season and 200th of his career. With the blast he joins Larry Walker and Matt Stairs as the only Canadians (not to be confused with Canadiens) to hit 200 HRs.

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Padres do it again on Tuesday night at 7:10 PM. Chris Capuano goes to the hill against Wade LeBlanc.

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  1. hart August 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm
    Must a .500 team ultimately be measured by that numerical mark of mediocrity? Or can a .500 season actually transcend the record? By the numbers, not much has been accomplished this season; but the fight (at least offensively) that we saw again tonight somehow makes this season feel a little bit better than that.

    And so despite the bashings Gary Cohen takes on here at times, I enjoyed his “Little Team That Could” reference at the end of the broadcast.

  2. SiddFinch August 8, 2011 at 10:38 pm
    Team showed a lot of heart tonight, could’ve mailed it in after what happened yesterday but instead took advantage of SD’s mistakes and put a W on the board. The ’11 Mets, for the most part, are never boring. It’s a deeply flawed yet resilient squad. One their most important wins of the season tonight.
  3. Jimmy Prinzler August 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    Janish,

    Ever noticed when Reyes and Wright came back, Bay started to hit. Now Mets needs to IMPROVE their bullpen and I think Mets should shop for bullpen or trade Murphy for a set-up guy for next year. Mets pitchers gave up 8 runs to lowly offense team Padres??? Can Josh Satin play SS? If so, give him a chance. I really dont understand how Mets won today until I forgot Mets were playing outside of their division, go figure.

    • Steve S. August 8, 2011 at 10:58 pm
      Some good points made, but Satin cannot play SS.
  4. Corey Gorey August 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm
    I think Jason Bay is an American now. Does he still get that 200 HR stat?
    • Joe August 8, 2011 at 10:55 pm
      Yes, he is a U.S. citizen, but perhaps we can call him a Canadian-American.
  5. Jimmy Prinzler August 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm
    Give Egbert a chance to pitch in bullpen. We got deadbeats relievers in AAA!!! Luckily, AA is stocked with prospect and Wheeler from A to follow.
  6. Timo August 9, 2011 at 9:29 am
    Next year there is only a few difference making players who are position or starting pitchers. SO, lets spend our found money on relief pitching. Lots of good relief on the market next year.

    Free Agent Relief Pitchers:

    Danys Baez PHI
    Miguel Batista STL
    Matt Belisle COL
    Heath Bell SD
    Rafael Betancourt COL
    Blaine Boyer
    Jonathan Broxton LAD
    Tim Byrdak HOU
    Shawn Camp TOR
    Matt Capps MIN
    Todd Coffey MIL
    Clay Condrey MIN
    Francisco Cordero CIN *
    Lance Cormier TB
    Juan Cruz TB
    Octavio Dotel TOR *
    Kyle Farnsworth TB *
    Randy Flores NYY
    Frank Francisco TOR
    Ryan Franklin STL
    Jason Frasor TOR *
    Chad Gaudin WAS
    Mike Gonzalez BAL
    John Grabow CHC
    LaTroy Hawkins MIL
    Brad Lidge PHI *
    Scott Linebrink ATL
    Javier Lopez SF
    Ryan Madson PHI
    Damaso Marte NYY *
    Sergio Mitre NYY
    Joe Nathan MIN *
    Hideki Okajima BOS
    Darren Oliver TEX
    Jonathan Papelbon BOS
    Joel Peralta TB
    Chad Qualls SD *
    Jon Rauch TOR *
    Chris Ray TEX
    Dennys Reyes BOS
    Arthur Rhodes TEX *
    Fernando Rodney LAA
    Francisco Rodriguez NYM *
    George Sherrill ATL
    Rafael Soriano NYY (may opt out)
    Brian Tallet STL
    Koji Uehara BAL *
    Jose Valverde DET
    Tyler Walker WAS
    Kerry Wood CHC
    Jamey Wright SEA
    Michael Wuertz OAK
    Joel Zumaya DET

    • Joe August 9, 2011 at 10:53 am
      “Tim Byrdak HOU”

      I wonder how this guy is.

      Sunday, in the 9th, Pagan grounded into a DP to in effect end the game. Monday, Pridie barely advanced to second in what could have been a K/DP started by Pagan.

      That’s baseball for you.

      • Timo August 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm
        LOL! Cot’s baseball doesn’t up this part that often it seems.

        What’s even worse is HOU gave up on him and the Mets picked him up just like we gave a flyer on Izzy. Both would have been GREAT trade bait. BUT, never got traded. Go figure.

        • Joe August 9, 2011 at 2:52 pm
          Beltran got you a prospect that will be due in a few years. Not sure what those two will get ya, but w/o them, the Mets are even more thin … relying on Mike O’Connor and such to fill in their places.
  7. Timo August 9, 2011 at 9:30 am
    ALSO, I turned off the game in the 8th because of our bullpen and didn’t want to see the Mets lose that way again. Thanks to our hitting, we won. My bad for turning off the game. NEXT time this happens, I will do it again so maybe the same result will happen. 🙂