Wins come in all flavors, but at the end of the day, it is the win that matters.
On Monday we were treated to a 3-hit exhibition of pitching dominance for the Mets--yesterday we saw the other side of the coin, including 9 walks and some very shaky defense, but some timely hitting with men on base and a bomb by Carlos Delgado put the Mets on top.
Big Mike Pelfrey got the start for the Mets and came out in the first staked to a 2-0 lead thanks to Carlos Delgado's first homerun of the year.
Delgado hit a 438 monster off Reds starter Edison Volquez that proved to everyone that he is continuing his great run of 2008, which continued to the WBC, and then to Spring Training, and now to the games that count.Delgado is now 4 for 9 on the young season with 4 RBIs.
The other hitting stars for the Mets were Carlos Beltran (2 RBIs) and Brian Schneider (3 RBIs). David Wright scored 3 times, and the table setters, Jose Reyes and Daniel Murphy scored a run each.
So the offense was fine, but unfortunately for the Mets, the pitching kept it way too interesting.
Pelf was wild early and gave up a 3-run homerun to the Reds Joey Votto. All told Pelf needed 44 pitches to get through the first, and the game had all appearances of an ultra-quick exit for the Mets young pitching star.
But Pelf would have none of that. He settled down beautifully and pitched through the 5th inning with those same four runs as the only ones to cross the plate under his watch.
Overall Pelf threw 104 pitches--56 for strikes--and he got the win.
The pitching parade began...
Bobby Parnell had an effective 6th inning--no hits, two walks, and one K.
Pedro Feliciano came on in the 7th and was not good--2 hits, 1 walk, and 2 runs allowed.
He was followed by game 1 hero Sean Green. Green allowed a hit and then got the Mets out of the jam Feliciano created. At this point the game was 9-6, we were entering "JJ-Frankie" time, and we were ready for this marathon game to end.
Great plan, right? If it were only that easy.
Putz had a decent inning, but he did give up a triple to Willy Taverez that resulted in one run.
The 9th, for those with weak hearts, was dangerous to your health.KRod gave up two walks and was having big trouble throwing strikes. After the first walk of the inning, to Brandon Phillips, the Reds Edwin Encarnacion sent a grounder to third. DW grabbed the ball and fired to first. Phillips, who was running on the play, turned second and was headed to third. Delgado saw him make the turn, and fired to third--too late to get Phillips.
But wait! First base ump Bill Welke said that Delgado left the bag early and called Encarnacion safe. Jerry came out to argue the call, but to no avail.
Then KRod walked the next batter to load them up.
And then we saw the greatness of KRod. He bore down, he whirled, he mixed his pitches, he changed speeds, his secondary offerings found the strike zone.
Bam--Alex Gonzalez goes down on a strikeout.
Bap--Laynce Nix flies out to the warning track.
Game over! Mets win! Hearts calm down!
My palms are sweating just reliving the inning now.
"You're not going to be able to go out there every night and be perfect, but you have to find a way to win," said Delgado. "I think good teams do that. And that's a good sign."
Yes my friends, a win is a win is a win.
Enjoy your coffee!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
by Dave Singer