Archive: June 15th, 2008

Mets Game 68: Win Over Rangers

Mets 4 Rangers 2

After nearly coming from behind to beat the Rangers in the first game of the day, the Mets rode their momentum to take the “rubber match” and win the series.

Pedro Martinez pitched very well, going six innings and allowing two runs — one earned — on six hits and one walk. He was removed for pinch-hitter Robinson Cancel in the bottom of the sixth with the score tied, two outs and the bases loaded. Cancel became the unlikely hero, hitting a 75-bouncer through the middle to score two runners and put the Mets ahead 4-2.

In stark contrast to their awful performance in the first game of the day, the Mets bullpen shut down the Rangers the rest of the way. Perfect innngs were thrown by Pedro Feliciano, Duaner Sanchez, and Billy Wagner to preserve the victory.

Notes

David Wright was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, and has boosted his average to .276.

Luis Castillo, Damion Easley, and Carlos Beltran each had two hits apiece.

I think (hope) it’s safe to say that Willie Randolph has a job for at least another week.

Next Game

The Mets fly back to the Left Coast to face the Angels for a 10:05 pm EST ballgame. Mike Pelfrey goes to the mound against Jered Weaver.

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Mets Game 67: Loss to Rangers

Rangers 8 Mets 7

It was a tough loss, but a good loss. Unlike the Mets of April and May, these Mets did not give up after they were down by six, but continued fighting and very nearly came out with a dramatic, come-from-behind win.

In fact, had Sandy Alomar waved Brian Schneider around on a base hit in the eighth, the game might have been tied and the outcome a different story. Instead, Alomar tried to make up for his mistake by sending Schneider on a fly ball a few moments later — another terrible move, considering Schneider’s speed, Milton Bradley’s arm, and the fact that the Mets’ best hitter with men in scoring position (Luis Castillo) hitting next.

As it was, the inning ended with the Mets down 8-5 instead of 8-2, and they continued to fight in the ninth, coming very close to pulling out a win.

In all honesty, I’d be fine with the Mets losing 100 games this year, if they lost them this way. Give me a 100% effort over nine innings, every night — that’s all I ask to see as a fan.

Notes

The two Carloses hit homeruns — for Delgado his 9th, for Beltran his 8th. Delgado went 2-for-5 and is nearing the .250 mark. Isuzudude’s job is to let me know when that figure is reached, so keep an eye peeled.

John Maine pitched better than his line suggested. He had given up three runs in six innings, then ran into trouble with one out in the seventh. Willie Randolph removed him with runners on the corners, but you could see that Maine wanted to stay in and work his way out of the jam. But having thrown 105 pitches, Willie chose to bring in Pedro Feliciano, who proceeded to let both inherited runners score. The bullpen was awful, with only Aaron Heilman pitching a shutout inning.

Dirtdog Trot Nixon had a grand debut as a New York Met, going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, a stolen base, and a run scored. Pedal to the metal, baby!

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