Series Recap: Mets Squander Stellar Outings, Drop Two Games to Phils

The good news is that Mets starters pitched uncharacteristically well. The bad news is that the Mets bullpen pitched uncharacteristically poorly. The bullpen collectively posted a dismal 14.14 ERA (seventeen earned-runs), 2.85 WHIP, and 1.33 K/BB in 7 innings. Errors also marred the Mets chances, including ones by Jose Reyes, Ronny Paulino, Angel Pagan, and Jason Bay. But the team fought-back in Game 3, led by a sterling outing by Jon Niese, and three RBI off the bat of Josh Thole. The Mets are four games below .500 with a record of 24-28.

METS GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Phillies Win, 6-4):

  • Chris Capuano did not factor into the decision, but he arguably pitch his best game of the season. The lefty hurled six innings, giving-up six hits, one earned-run, one walk, and struck-out eight Phillies hitters.
  • Pedro Beato settled-down from the last series (5 ER in 1.6 IP) for a scoreless inning, but the rest of the bullpen didn’t take a page out of his book. Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez combined for four earned-runs in just 1.6 innings (including a total of seven hits and one walk). K-Rod was saddled with the much-deserved loss.
  • Jose Reyes went 2-5 with a double, single, and three runs-scored.
  • Justin Turner went an almost perfect 4-5 with a double, RBI, but was caught-stealing.
  • Angel Pagan’s return to the Mets was bittersweet. While he went 2-4 with a stolen-base and a run-scored, he also made a key error (a missed catch).
  • Dan Murphy collected his second stolen base of 2011.

METS GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Phillies Win, 5-2):

  • Mike Pelfrey hurled 7.6 innings, giving-up four hits, two earned-runs, two walks, and striking-out six batters. Despite the effort, he was not factored into the decision.
  • Jose Reyes went 2-4 with a double, two scored-runs, and two stolen bases. Reyes now has nineteen stolen bases on the season.
  • Justin Turner went 1-4 with a stolen base and RBI.
  • Angel Pagan stole his sixth base of 2011 (he was also caught-stealing for the first time).
  • Mike O’Connor was handed his first loss, surrendering the lead, and an earned-run without even recording an out.

METS GAME 3 HIGHLIGHTS (Mets Win, 9-5):

  • Jon Niese pitched his heart out–hurling 6.3 inning, giving-up five hits, zero earned-runs, four walks, while striking-out six batters. It was his fourth win of the season.
  • The Mets bullpen has taken a beating this series, and Game 3 was no different. Taylor Buchholz and Pedro Beato–usually two of the most dependable Mets relievers–coughed-up four earned-runs on six hits in juts 2.6 innings of work.
  • Jose Reyes hit his seventh and then eighth triple, while chipping in a RBI.
  • Justin Turner went 2-5 with his twentieth RBI of 2011 (and May).
  • The much-maligned Jason Bay contributed two singles, and scored twice too.
  • Dan Murphy broke-out with a double and two singles. He also had two run-scored, and recorded a RBI.
  • Angel Pagan’s bat certainly hasn’t been rusty since coming off the DL. Pagan smacked a single, scored twice, and produced his seventh RBI of 2011. He has an interesting (but still solid) .333/.333/.333 line since coming back from injury.
  • Despite the Mets hit-parade, Josh Thole stood out the most with a whopping three RBI off a double, and two singles.

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