GAME 3 RECAP: Mets Can't Best Verlander; Tigers Win 5-2

Rick Porcello? No problem. Phil Coke? Laughable. Justin Verlander? Well…he’s pretty darn good. Verlander had to throw 120 pitches, but he still bested the Mets offense, hurling seven innings, giving-up seven hits, one earned-run, two walks, while striking-out six batters. Aside from a Dan Murphy and Carlos Beltran homerun, the Mets bats were pretty silent. In addition, Mike Pelfrey, who had previously walked just three batters the entire month, surrendered five free passes to the Tigers. Big Pelf also gave-up eight hits and five runs (four earned) in 4.6 forgettable innings. The Mets took two out of three from the Tigers in the series, and remain a game above the .500 mark.


  • Mike Pelfrey pitched 4.6 innings, giving-up eight hits, five runs (four earned), five walks, while striking-out three batters. His June 0.81 BB/9 certainly took a hit after this outing.
  • The Mets bullpen did a nice job overall to stop the bleeding. Tim Byrdak, D.J. Carrasco, Manny Acosta, and Francisco Rodriguez combined for 3.3 scoreless innings. Strangely, Terry Collins used K-Rod in a non-save situation, so it counted as yet another finished game. *sigh*
  • Jose Reyes went 2-3 with a double and a walk. He was also caught stealing for the sixth time this season.
  • Carlos Beltran took Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit yard for the Mets second and last run.
  • Dan Murphy was the offensive “hero” for the game, recording a dinger off the hit-stingy Verlander, and also smacking a double.
  • Jason Bay continued his own hit parade, going 2-4.
  • Lucas Duda, who got the start at first base, smashed a surprising triple off Verlander. Needless to say, it was his first triple of the season.

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