Mets Game 121: Win Over Padres

Mets 5 Padres 4

For six innings, this one seemed to be in the bag. After all, the Mets mounted a three-run lead against a team that can’t score runs.

Then, the Padres lined up Josh Spence and Chad Qualls to pitch the tenth inning and once again the game appeared to be in the bag.

Mets Game Notes

The Mets battered San Diego starter Aaron Harang, who was living in the middle of the plate. Pumping waist-high fastballs over the heart of the plate is going to result in getting hit hard, even against the Mets in Petco Park.

Meantime, R.A. Dickey had his nice knuckler tumbling around the strike zone, getting plenty of swings and misses. He pitched into the seventh but was lifted after Will Venable hit a two-run homer. Personally, I would’ve left Dickey in, as other than Venable and Kyle Blanks, the Padres had no idea what to do with the knuckleball.

Lucas Duda remains hot, going 3-for-4. He blasted a monster solo homer into the right field seats in the second. His five homeruns since the All-Star Break lead the Mets. Kind of sad, no?

Every time I see Jason Pridie in the lineup it reminds me of 2009, when Cory Sullivan and Jeremy Reed were “platooning”. Like Sullivan and Reed in that year, the time that Pridie gets is somewhat mysterious to me — is this some kind of tryout for 2012? Pridie did reach base four times, but, eh …

Jason Isringhausen earned his 300th career save, the third reliever to reach that milestone in a Mets uniform (John Franco and Billy Wagner were the others).

Next Mets Game

The Mets and Padres do it again in San Diego on Tuesday night at 10:05 PM EST. Jonathon Niese goes to the hill against Cory Luebke.

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  1. Jimmy Prinzler August 16, 2011 at 2:46 am
    I hope Dickey didnt hurt his hand when he hit a phone’s cover on the wall. I think RA wanted to stay in and Collins freaks OUT one PITCH!! RA made a one bad pitch to Will SO WHAT!! Even Halladay, Kennedy and Verlander do that in a game. RA probably get the next hitter. If you dont want to throw a bad pitch, then pitch a PERFECT game. Get the picture? Collins needs to trust his SP, I mean Dickey’s ERA is 3.75. WHY WHY does Collins call up ice-cold Parnell to pitch one run game? In last 7 games, he gave up runs in those 4 games. It was an easy call for me and I will use Parnell in blow out games until he get his stuffs back!! Collins, stop screwing up your SP wins!! Dickey should have won at least 10-12 wins not 5!!
    • Timo August 16, 2011 at 10:15 am
      I totally agree with you Jimmy. RAD should be in double digit wins this year. It reminds me of when we had Tom Glavine. He pitched his heart out and never got the win. However, he did lay an egg in the final game of the season. So, I’m not that upset we didn’t support Tommy. However, RAD is a great guy, great story, and someone who should be getting more support.
  2. JerrysKids August 16, 2011 at 10:33 am
    “Kind of sad, no?”
    No.