SERIES RECAP: Mets Win First Two Games; Beltran's Last Home Game (Maybe)

It’s amazing how different this team is with Jose Reyes in the lineup. In addition, Carlos Beltran joined the team as well after sitting out the past few with an extremely high fever. The result, for the most part, was beautiful.

In game one, the Mets offense collected fourteen hits and four runs, including two doubles from Beltran. And despite posting a 6.35 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 0.91 K/BB over his past four starts, Dillon Gee hurled seven innings, giving-up just three hits, two earned-runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. As if that wasn’t sweet enough, Jason Isringhausen shut the door in the ninth for his first save as a Mets since 1999 (and his 294th career save).

The Mets also took game two, but it took some late-inning heroics to achieve it. The Mets and Cardinals battled offensively all game, until the tenth inning. Angel Pagan smacked a game-winning homerun off Fernando Salas to send the Cards packing. Jason Isringhausen, who notched a save the tonight before, was awarded the win with two impressive two-ining effort.

In what could be Carlos Beltran’s last homegame, the Mets unfortunately couldn’t give him the proper send-off. Jonathon Niese was solid in six innings, giving-up five hits, three earned-runs (five total), one walk, and seven strikeouts, but errors by Lucas Duda and Angel Pagan (his seventh) separated the game. The Mets could only garner four hits and two runs off Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. Aside from a Lucas Duda double and a Jose Reyes triple, the Mets bats were pretty quiet.

METS GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (METS WIN, 4-2):

  • Dillon Gee pitched seven innings, surrendering three hits, two earned-runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. It was his ninth win.
  • Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless eight inning, which included getting Albert Pujols to ground into a bases-loaded double-play.
  • Jason Isringhausen inched closer to 300 saves, notching his first as a Met since 1999.
  • Jose Reyes, Justin Turner, Carlos Beltran, and Ronny Paulino each enjoyed multi-hit games.
  • Carlos Beltran, Ronny Paulino, Angel Pagan, and Dan Murphy all smacked doubles. Beltran had two.

METS GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (METS WIN, 6-5):

  • R.A. Dickey pitched 6.3 innings, giving-up eight hits, four earned-runs, one walk, and four strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision.
  • Jason Isringhausen collected his second 2011 win with two scoreless innings. He struck-out three batters.
  • Carlos Beltran connected for his fifteenth homerun, knocking in two RBI.
  • Lucas Duda went 1-2 with two walks.
  • Josh Thole made his first appearance since coming back from paternity leave, and smacked a double, single, and two RBI.
  • Angel Pagan hit the game-winning homerun in the tenth inning.

METS GAME 3 HIGHLIGHTS (CARDS WIN, 6-2):

  • Jonathon Niese pitched six innings, giving-up five hits, three earned-runs, one walks, and seven strikeouts. Niese drops to 9-8 on the season.
  • D.J. Carrasco relieved Niese, throwing two scoreless innings.
  • Jose Reyes collected his sixteenth triple of the 2011 season.
  • Justin Turner and Jason Pridie were responsible for the Mets only RBI.

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