Archive: September 20th, 2009

Mets Game 150: Win Over Nationals

Mets 6 Nationals 2

NO ONE sweeps the Mets in THEIR HOUSE!

Those bad-boy gangstas from Flushing weren’t about to let some chumps from DC put them on blast …

John Maine won his first game since Custer’s Last Stand and the Mets offense exploded for four runs in the first three innings to hand the Nationals their 98th loss.

Maine went a full five frames, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk in an encouraging 75-pitch outing.

Daniel Murphy drove in two runs for the second straight game and six different Mets crossed the plate — four against starter and loser Garret Mock.

Notes

Angel Pagan went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot but didn’t hit a triple. He did hit a double, though.

Wilson Valdez and Murphy DID hit triples though. Murphy also hit a double.

Maine’s fastball hung around 89-91 most of the time, and touched 92 a handful of times. His command wasn’t great but the Nats hitters were fairly aggressive. Lucky for John, the one spot he hits by default — up and in to righties / up and away to LH — is difficult to lay off and even harder to hit cleanly.

Next Mets Game

The Mets remain home to host the Braves for a three-game set beginning on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Pat Misch faces Derek Lowe.

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Mets Game 149: Nationals

Mets 3 Nationals 2

Some days you have it, some days you don’t.

On this particular afternoon, Tim Redding had it — he brought his “A” game.

Spotting his sinker at the knees, on both corners of the plate, and mixing in a sharp slider and occasionally well-behaving curveball, Redding stymied the Nats bats through seven frames, allowing just one unearned run on four hits and two walks — easily his best outing of the season.

However, it nearly wasn’t enough, because Sean Green did not have “it”.

Green was wild from the moment he entered the game, but Jerry Manuel left him on the mound long enough to let the Nationals score a run to tighten the score to 3-2. Luckily, Everyday Pedro Feliciano came on the save the day, however, and Frankie Fantastik finished up for his 32nd save.

Notes

John Lannan nearly matched Redding’s effort, holding the Mets to 3 runs on 5 hits in 7 innings.

Dan Murphy drove in two of the Mets runs and Jeff Francoeur drove in the other. The big “hits” of the game came in the bottom of the seventh, and were actually errors. David Wright led off with a liner to right field that was grossly misplayed by Ian Desmond, a shortstop who was making his first-ever appearance in the outfield. The official ruling was a double, since Desmond didn’t even get a glove on the ball. A few minutes later, Murphy bounced a grounder that Adam Dunn ole’d to score Francoeur with the Mets’ third run of the game. That’s why the coaches say, “just put the ball in play, you never know what might happen”.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series occurs on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 PM. John Maine faces Garret Mock.

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