The Mets were trying to secure their first series victory since they took two of three from the Phillies during the week of July 4th, and boy did they come out swinging. The offense gave Chris Young a four run lead in the top of the first, and they didn’t turn back.
Mets Offensive Highlights:
Ironically enough, the first inning rally got started with a two-out walk issued to David Wright. Scott Hairston also walked, and Daniel Murphy was hit with a pitch to load the bases for Jason Bay, who finally woke up a little with a two-run single. Following that, Ronny Cedeno drove in the next two with a double. Once again with two outs in the second inning, Andres Torresdoubled, and Wright brought in the fifth run with a single. New York was on cruise control and started adding insurance runs in the fifth, as Murphy and
Cedeno both contributed with run-scoring singles. The last bit of scoring happened in the seventh, as Cedeno drove in the two final runs with another double.
Giants Offensive Highlights:
There weren’t many highlights on offense today for the Giants, but Melky Cabrera doubled and tripled (part of a three-hit day), as he scored the only run, on a Hunter Pence sacrifice fly. The only other San Francisco player to get a hit was Brandon Belt, as the Giants only had two at-bats with runners in scoring position, going 0-for-2.
Chris Young was fantastic today, as he went 7 innings, giving up 1 run on 4 hits and no walks, to go along with 4 strikeouts for his third win of the season. Elvin Ramirez and Ramon Ramirez teamed up to throw two hitless innings in relief to preserve the win, even though they each issued one walk.
Barry Zito didn’t last very long, as he threw 4.1 innings this afternoon, allowing 7 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out only one hitter. Shane Loux had the task of providing some long relief, and he got touched up for two runs on four hits in his 2.1 innings of work. Sergio Romo and Clay Hensley struck out 4 and gave up 1 hit over the last 2.1 innings, but it was too little, too late for Bruce Bochy’s squad.
All three of Cedeno’s hits produced runs this afternoon, as his five RBI tied a career high for the infielder. After struggling all series with runners in scoring position, New York went 6-for-13, mostly because 8 of their 9 runs scored with two outs. The first four hitters in the lineup all collected a hit, with Murphy being the only other player to enjoy a multi-hit game. Ruben Tejada is on an 8-game-hitting streak.
The victory gives New York a 52-54 record, as they are 11 games behind the Nationals and they still remain 8 games back in the Wild Card.
Probable Pitchers Friday:
New York travels to San Diego for the last stop on their West Coast swing, and they turn to R.A. Dickey (14-2, 2.83 ERA) to help them get three wins in a row. The knuckleballer will be opposing Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.14 ERA). First pitch at Petco Park is set for 10:05pm EST.