Mets 8 Marlins 6
Before the game began, we knew that a win would most likely require plenty of runs. After all, Brian Stokes — he of the 7.07 ERA last year — could not be counted on to shut out the Fish.
Ironically, Stokes delivered, pitching 5 2/3 innings and allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 1 walk, striking out 6. He wasn’t spectacular, but he kept the Mets in the game and left with the score tied 4-4. In other words, he ate up innings.
The bullpen was so-so, but they didn’t have to be spectacular, either. Scott Schoeneweis finished the sixth with five pitches and ended up with the win. Duaner Sanchez earned a “hold” in spinning a scoreless seventh. Joe Smith allowed three runs in a third of an inning, but was bailed out by Pedro Feliciano, who managed to retire two on three pitches to set up a save for Aaron Heilman. Heilman pitched a perfect ninth to earn his second save in as many days.
Offensively, the Mets exploded. They got on the board first, in the first frame, thanks to the Carloses: a two-run double by Beltran followed by a two-run homer by Delgado. Another three runs came in the sixth when Fernando Tatis scored on a groundout and Daniel Murphy blasted a two-run, opposite-field, pinch-hit homerun off lefty Renyal Pinto. Beltran blasted a solo shot in the seventh to add an insurance run and cap off the Mets scoring.
Carlos Beltran finally did something worth talking about, going 3-for-3 with a walk, 3 RBI, and 2 runs scored.
David Wright was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles. Nick Evans hit in the two-hole and had two hits in four at-bats.
Murphy continues to hit .500, reminding us of Kevin Maas, Shane Spencer, Phil Plantier, and Mike Jacobs, among others. Keep it going, Danny boy!
How sad is it to be Matt Treanor, most famous as “the husband of Misty May”? Thanks to Matt, though, “Misty May-Treanor” sounds a lot less like a porn star than her nee / given name.
The Mets go for the sweep on Sunday with Mike Pelfrey taking the mound against Josh Johnson in a battle of 6’7″ freaks. Game time is 1:10 pm and I’ll be at Shea, hosted in the SNY suite with other prominent Mets bloggers, so the postgame will be a little later than usual.