The Mets have had no trouble scoring early in games this year, and they continued that trend tonight.
The Angels scored a run off Pelfrey in the bottom of the 1st to halve the lead, but the Mets got the run right back.
In the third Beltran came up again, and the result was the same. He connected on Jered Weaver's first pitch and hit a bomb to center, his 2nd solo shot of the game. It was the 10th homerun of the year for Beltran, tying him with
Pelfrey ran into trouble in the bottom of the 4th when he gave up 4 hits and 2 runs, but he got out of it due to some aggressive Anaheim baserunning, when
The formula for another Mets collapse seemed to be falling into place again though at 4-3. So many times the Amazins have built a lead early, only to have the bats go silent and the pitching fade late in the game. But tonight the formula was reversed. Instead of trying to just hold onto a lead, New York added on plenty of insurance runs. The Mets scored 4 runs in the 7th, led by Luis Castillo's big 2-RBI single down the left field line. It was 8-3 when Pelfrey took the hill in the bottom of the 7th, but if you thought Pelfrey would get his win without sweating it out, you haven't been watching the Mets this year.
Pelfrey faced the first 3 batters without recording an out, and gave way to
After the Mets added a run in the 9th to make it 9-6,
I was all ready for an easy win after we had the 8-3 lead, but after the first two guys got on against Pelfrey I just had a feeling I would be rubbing my ulcers by the 9th.
Once again, the bullpen looked awfully shaky. But one guy who all of a sudden looks a lot better is Aaron Heilman. Without him the Angels probably win tonight, so let's all give props to Heilman. Aaron had a terrible May as we all know, when his ERA for the month was a dreadful 8.25. But in June he has been a legit reliever, and his ERA this month is down to 1.25.
Heilman was the unsung hero on the pitching side, and Jose Reyes was the unsung hero for position players. Reyes totally manufactured two runs. In the 1st he walked, stole a base, and scored on a wild throw. And then in the 9th Reyes did it all by himself again. He led off with a hit, and advanced to 2nd when
As ridiculous as it is, Willie survives another game, and the Mets are starting to string wins together. Three out of four against two good teams now, as both the manager and the players look a lot looser and more relaxed. If we can find a way to win one more in Anaheim and take advantage of a bad Rockies team, the Mets could come back home to a much quieter media storm, and then who knows what they could do.
All I know is I am going to bed now, and I plan on having some very sweet dreams...