After Ronny Paulino blasted his first homerun as a Met, a 3-run shot to left field, all signs pointed to a 4th straight Mets win. The homerun capped a 5-run inning, and the Amazins led 6-2 in the 8th. But once again the pen couldn’t hold it late, as Pedro Beato and Jason Isringhausen combined to give up 4 runs and tie the game at 6. Nyjer Morgan’s RBI double off Dale Thayer won it in the 9th, and the Brewers gave the Mets their first walk-off loss of the season, 7-6.
Mike Pelfrey pitched very well, tossing 6 innings and allowing just 4 hits. He gave up a line drive 2-run shot to Prince Fielder on a 3-0 pitch in the 5th that gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead, but it was the only bad mark on his report card for the night.
Pelf left the game in the 7th when Terry Collins pinch hit for him unsuccessfully, and he hit the showers staring a loss in the face. But the Mets quiet bats broke out in a big way in the 8th.
Jose Reyes got it started with an infield hit, and after Justin Turner walked Carlos Beltran tied the game with an RBI double down the right field line. Reyes had tied Beltran for the NL lead in doubles earlier in the night, but Beltran took the lead right back. Angel Pagan gave the Mets the lead with a single, and then Paulino seemingly broke it open with the long 3-run shot. I have to admit, I had my legs kicked up and in my head this one was chalked up as a win.
But Pedro Beato had a terrible outing in the 8th, giving up 2 runs on a Ryan Braun double, and left the game after 1/3 of an inning. Jason Isringhausen came in to save the day, but instead gave up a game tying bomb to Prince Fielder, his 2nd homer of the night and 3rd of the series.
Thayer walked Craig Counsell to lead off the 9th, and the 40-year old eventually scored the winning run.
1) Ronny Paulino- What a blast from Paulino. A 4-4 night, punctuated by his 1st homerun as a Met in the 8th. It was a total bomb that appeared to put the game out of reach, and might have even been a homer at Citi Field! Big props to Ronny, who is starting to remind me a bit of Rod Barajas.
2) Jose Reyes- The hottest hitter in the National League is still sizzling. He recorded his 30th multi-hit game of the season, and is now hitting an NL-best .341 on the year.
3) Mike Pelfrey- Coming off the atrocious outing against the Pirates last week, Big Pelf had a very encouraging start tonight. He went 6 innings and made one bad pitch, and definitely could have gone longer had he not been pinch-hit for. Hopefully Mike can build on this start and keep it going.
1) Jason Bay- Dear God this guy is awful. He puts in the effort, and plays a solid left field, and that’s all well and good. But for the money he is making he is just a complete bust. His 0-3 puts him in an 0-23 slump. Bay is slugging .279 right now, which in case you don’t know statistics is on par with a golden retriever with a bum leg. My sister has a better chance at getting a hit than Bay right now.
2) Pedro Beato- The rookie has been up and down of late, and tonight he was down. He turned a comfortable lead into a nail biter in a flash, and left the game with 3 earned runs in just 1/3 of an inning.
3) Jason Isringhausen- The Mets still led when Izzy came in despite Beato’s disaster, but he could not keep it that way. Prince, who is becoming a Mets killer in one series, crushed the game-changing bomb, and the Mets did not have the lead again on the night.
- I love the fight this team has, and it was great to see them come back and put up a five-spot in the 8th. However, this was a brutal loss, and I will definitely not sleep well tonight.
- Ruben Tejada made a great heads up play in the 3rd, converting a double play despite the running Corey Hart from first, tagging him out and throwing to 1st for the out.
- I thought it was very odd that Angel Pagan was in the cleanup spot. I definitely would have slotted Carlos Beltran in the 4-hole and put Pagan 3rd. I guess it doesn’t make a huge difference, but still was a little perplexed by it.
- The Mets scored their 1st run on RandyWolf’s first balk of his career. Wolf came in as only active major league pitcher with 1000 innings without a balk. He has been pitching since 1999, and did not balk until tonight.
- Rickie Weeks crushed the ball in each of his first 3 at-bats. Unfortunately for him, all 3 shots were laser beam line drives right at Beltran in right. A tough 0-5 for Weeks tonight.
- Pelfrey kept his pitch count down, which is always a good sign.
- When the game started Miller Park was closed. They opened the roof in the 5th inning, then closed it again in the bottom of the 7th. I have never seen so much roof flip-flopping in my life.
- For the life of me I am not sure how Beltran didn’t score from 2nd on Pagan’s gap shot in the 8th. Luckily Paulino did not make it matter, as ‘Los scored on the 765 foot homer.
- Like I said, this was a crushing L. Taking 2 straight over a Milwaukee team that is nearly unbeatable at home would have been awesome. That said, I stated before the series I wanted to split the first 2 and try to sneak out a rubber game on Thursday. Hopefully Jon Niese can keep slinging, and we can put this loss behind us quickly.
- Now it’s time for me to try to sleep, but I think in this 97 degree heat in Queens I will be having visions of Prince Fielder belting baseballs over my bed instead of dozing off to dream land. Sigh…..