Mets Game 122: Win Over Nationals

Mets 7 Nationals 4

The Mets scored seven runs from both surprising and typical sources.

As you might expect, some of the firepower came from normally productive protagonists David Wright, Moises Alou, who both doubled in runs. However, unusual suspects Luis Castillo and Mike DiFelice also came to the power party — Castillo lifting a solo homer in the first frame and DiFelice hitting an RBI double in the sixth. Lastings Milledge also sprinkled in a single to drive in two insurance runs in the ninth.

Oliver Perez had an OK day, pitching five and two-third innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out three. Not a marvelous outing, but enough to give the Mets a shot to win the game. If anything, an improvement over his previous four starts.

Notes

Damion Easley — who had been playing first base in place of Carlos Delgado — left the game in the sixth inning with a sprained ankle (third-grade, whatever that means). He has been placed on the DL, leaving the Mets with only three second basemen on the roster — so Anderson Hernandez has been promoted from AAA. Yes, apparently it’s more important to have three second basemen than two healthy catchers (Ramon Castro remains “day to day”). Go figure

Jose Reyes, Castillo, Wright, Alou, and Easley all had two hits on the day.

Next Game

Orlando Hernandez goes against Shawn Hill in a 1:35 PM start in DC. Hill had a strong outing in beating the Mets in April, and since coming off the DL held the Phillies to one run in seven strong innings. He has a 0.92 WHIP and 2.41 ERA this year. Bottom line — this game is no gimme, so don’t expect a sweep. We can root for it, but not expect it … the series to sweep was in Pittsburgh.

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  1. isuzudude August 19, 2007 at 1:15 pm
    A few updates…

    1. Castro has been DL’ed, and the Mets purchased the contract of Sandy Alomar, Jr. Still, the catching corps is seriously shorthanded.

    2. That Cabrera kid released by Cleveland refused to report to Tampa, meaning he’s a free agent and can still be picked up by anyone, including the Mets.

    3. Joe Smith is pitching well in AAA and seems to resume an important role when rosters are expanded in September. However, Pelfrey and Humber are struggling, so who knows if either of them will be back with the big club.

    4. I would have preferred the Mets call up Hermansen or Ambres. Obviously they’d give theMets more pop off the bench from the right hand side of the plate, a la Easley. Hopefully this will be the final go around for Hernandez.

  2. joe August 19, 2007 at 2:27 pm
    1. About time.

    2. Cabrera is incredibly intriguing, but the problem is, he’s basically Jorge Julio — and would we take a chance / trust Julio right now?

    3. I still don’t understand why Pelfrey wasn’t switched to a relief role, once it became apparent he wasn’t going to help as a starter this year. I guess the org. was banking on The Show returning to form, or Mota stepping up.

    4. The AHern promotion is mind-boggling. Anything other than a good-field, no-hit second baseman would be helpful to the club right now.