Wednesday, April 27, 2011

N.Y. METS ~ Their Sixth Consecutive Win Is In The Books

From the desk of:  HEAD-BUTTING MR. MET

New York Mets:  Riding a Five Game Win Streak.
A winning streak?!  Let the Pigeons Loose!

I was scoreboard watching last night from Yankee Stadium. 

....Easy back there!  I was  there  ...uh ..doing ..research.
Yea that's it.  But when the Mets final was posted on the Out-Of-Town scoreboard, I thought to myself; TEN.

Last night's win was their tenth win of the month.  Alleluia to that.  Without being smarmy about it, I think ten wins is an accomplishment for this team, and with four games left in April, dare I say...things are looking promising before an encounter with Philadelphia?  The Mets are now 10-13 and stand an outside chance of evening their record, or better yet, getting it on the positive side before the month ends.  The Mets' five-game winning streak has Met fans on the happier side of Bi-Polar disorder today despite a rain delay in Washington.

Can we give Josh Thole a round of applause for his three RBI?  He's only hitting .227, but I don't care.  Any chance I get, I'll tell you, that's my Dude.  He' getting Wednesday night off as R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer, makes a start.

Speaking of starts; - there will be none for Dillon Gee.  The Mets plan is to use him in the bullpen.  He remains on the club and has impressed previously based on the strength of his starts.  So why do this?   Suffice to say, I'm not on board!  I'd rather see him get sent back down to Buffalo and let him throw every five days.  So, let the record state ~ I am against this move.

The rain delay has ended.  The Mets versus the Nationals tonight in Washington is underway.

*Big Props to Alex Cora starting at short-stop tonight for the Nationals against the Mets and to Joey Cora up in the Bronx, as the White Sox take on the Yankees.

** My cousin is in Washington visiting my cousin and sent these pics from the game:

Wednesday,  April 27, 2011
Washington D.C.

N.Y. METS vs. Washington Nationals ~ Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Clutch in the Ninth Inning; Sensational After Sixth Win.
With the Mets down 2-0 and one out, Jose Reyes was clearly safe after hitting a triple in the Mets' top half of the eighth inning.  But the third base Ump Marvin Hudson didn't see it that way.  Actually, I don't know what he saw.  The fact that Reyes, who was jumping around like his pants were on fire (and not for nothing, on the verge of doing something stupid) after the blown call, and Terry Collins, who tried it seemed to get thrown out, were both allowed to stay in the game probably admitted to everyone that Blue had blown the call. 

That scoundrel knew what he did!  But the Nationals didn't anticipate the Mets' response afterward.

So, what happens next?  Daniel Murphy smashed a solo pinch-hit home run into the bullpen in right field.  It tied the game at two apiece.  Unbelievable!  But that took R.A. Dickey off the hook, after giving up only two runs in 6 2/3 innings.

In the bottom half of the eighth, Adam LaRoche blooped a double into Jason Bay/David Wright no-man's land.  Jason Bay ran a long way and made a sliding-catch attempt, but the ball dropped out of his glove.  Daniel Murphy was out of position and therefore unable to field a throw that allowed LaRoche to advance to second base on the play.  A Josh Thole passed ball allowed LaRoche to advance to third base.  With no out and Pedro Beato pitching for the Mets, a sacrifice fly by Ramos scored the National's pinch-runner from third for a 3-2 lead.

The Mets defense was showing it's ugly side again and it was costing them.

But, in the Mets ninth, Jason Bay led-off with an infield single.  Ike Davis slapped a liner to left.  The ball was trapped in left field and Jason Bay almost didn't beat out a force play at second base.  The Mets loaded the bases when the Nationals botched Willie Harris' bunt attempt with no outs.

Chin-Lung Hu tied the game with a sacrifice-fly to the warning track in right field scoring Bay from third.  It was Hu's first RBI as a Met.  Ike Davis scored when Josh Thole (inserted into the game on a double switch when Dickey was pulled) grounded to short to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.  Jose Reyes drew an intentional walk.  Then a big two run double by a sizzling Daniel Murphy into the right field corner scored Willie Harris and Reyes to give the Mets a 6-3 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth, Alex Cora (1 for 4) led off for Washington against K-Rod.  He grounded out to Ike Davis; three to one.  The second batter, Bernadina, singled.  Espinosa (0-5) struck out.  Rick Ankiel batted with two outs.  Mr. Hu recovered a ground ball at second base and threw Ankiel out at first to end the ball game.

Four runs were a result of clutch hits; namely by Daniel Murphy, who led the Mets to their sixth win in a row and their eleventh of the season.  The Mets are now only two games shy of .500 for the season.  Tomorrow they'll try and go for the sweep against Washington before starting a series in Philadelphia against their rivals; the Phillies.

It was good to see Justin Turner drive in a run tonight as well as seeing Chin-lung Hu record his first RBI as a Met.  Ike raised his average to .345 after going 2 for 4 tonight. 

Except for an unearned run given up by Beato, the bullpen closed down Washington backing up a good start out of R.A. Dickey who got a no-decision.  K-Rod recorded his sixth save of the season.

Six wins in row.  It's Amazin' !!


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