Led by the top of the order, specifically Angel Pagan, the Mets erupted for 14 runs and beat one of the American league's top pitchers.
Angel Pagan is playing at a very high level and now has his average up to .304 on the year after stroking 4 hits in 6 at-bats in last night's contest. He scored three times and drove in 4 as well.
"Angel's playing extremely well," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's been big."Pagan is thoroughly enjoying his baseball renaissance, but he also knows that some of his playing time is likely to diminish when Carlos Beltran returns. I personally envision a 4-man rotation in the outfield with Bay, Beltran and Pagan playing about 80% of the time, and Francoeur playing 60%.
"What's in my mind is to help the team as much as I can and to protect Carlos' spot; that's a big responsibility," said Pagan.David Wright reached base 5 times on two singles, an RBI double, a sacrifice fly and two walks. He is looking more and more relaxed at the plate, staying far steadier in the box, and his bat looks quick.
Jose Reyes continues his penchant for multiple hit games. In fact, he has had a multiple hit game in 9 of the Mets last 13 games.
Big Ike Davis and Jason Bay also got into the act--Ike had 3 hits and 3 RBIs, and Bay had 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 RBIs.
When the game began it looked liked Jonathan Niese had absolutely terrific stuff. After not allowing a hit over the first three frames, a 90 minute rain delay, plus another near 30 minute "delay" of the Mets batting around, cost him his rhythm and control. I was actually surprised Jerry Manuel let him go back out there after the long delay, but the skipper thought he could coax Niese through 5 to get him the win.
"We had a very, very long inning. It probably cost him," said Manuel.After exiting in the 5th just one out away from a win, Niese looked more embarrassed then anything else. Fortunately Fernando Nieve came on and pitched extremely well for 2 1/3 and picked up the win. Bobby Parnell came on and pitched a scoreless 8th with 2 Ks, lighting up the gun at 97 and 98 mph. Ryota Igarashi pitched a scoreless 9th to seal the win.
All in all a great win for the Mets, who come back tonight with RA Dickey on the hill.
Enjoy your coffee!
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