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Game 29: Giants @ Mets

5/7/2010

9:59 p.m. Some quick thoughts on the Mets' 6-4 win over the Giants, before I head to the clubhouse:

  • Ike Davis + Rod Barajas = 4 home runs = victory = incredible. More on this later, obviously.

  • Jose Reyes had two singles, and Jason Bay had an RBI double -- not as big as the home runs, obviously, but important nonetheless, because both have been struggling so much.

  • Very impressive pitching performance by Mike Pelfrey tonight. He gave up three runs, but worked out of trouble, was economical, and looked healthy -- that might be the most important thing of all.

    9:58 p.m. One more WOW -- Barajas homers to left, put it in the books, Mets win.

    9:57 p.m. Davis walks, here comes Barajas, who has also homered tonight.

    9:53 p.m. Francouer is barely out at first on a slow grounder. Davis is up, crowd is on his feet. A third homer for him in this game, a walk-off, would be one for the ages.

    9:50 p.m. WOW again. I saw Ike Davis make a great catch on a foul pop-up during the Mets' 9-1 homestand, leaning over the railing in front of the Mets' dugout and almost falling on his head in the process. He just made an even better one, pulling the same kind of maneuver. We go to the bottom of the ninth, and this park is alive again. Francoeur, Davis and Barajas coming up, against Sergio Romo.

    9:46 p.m. Infield single by Mark DeRosa -- first and third, two outs.

    9:45 p.m. Rowand singles, goes to second on a K-Rod balk. The top of the ninth gets even stranger.

    9:39 p.m. WOW -- John Bowker, pinch-hitting for Eli Whiteside, just took K-Rod into the second deck in right. Tie game, folks. Lot of boos raining down from the crowd.

    9:33 p.m. On that 9-1 homestand, K-Rod wasn't called upon all that often for big saves, as the Mets had many big leads. Big moment for him, early in the season, I think.

    9:32 p.m. Bay flies out, Wright strikes out -- here comes K-Rod, for what would be a very big save.

    9:27 p.m. Castillo walked and stole second, but Reyes struck out. Let's see if Bay can knock in what would be an extremely useful insurance run.

    9:21 p.m. Denny Bautista coming in to pitch for the Giants. Mets have Castillo, Reyes and Bay coming up in the eighth.

    9:19 p.m. Mets just missed a double-play. First and third, two outs, Nate schierholtz up. And he lines out to left. Nieve does the job, again. He's been very big for the Mets this season.

    9:15 p.m. Pelfrey gets a well-deserved loud round of applause from the Mets' faithful, after pitching 7 1/3 strong innings. Runner on first, one out, in the eighth -- Juan Uribe up, Fernando Nieve in to pitch.

    9:12 p.m. Castillo made two nice plays in the first inning, but he just booted one to start off the eighth. The tying run is aboard, no outs.

    9:11 p.m. Still 4-3 Mets, going into the top of the eighth. Pelfrey is still in the game, having thrown an economical 79 pitches through seven innings.

    8:56 p.m. Pelfrey again works out of trouble -- first and second, one out,

    8:45 p.m. Not this time -- Ike strikes out.

    8:43 p.m. Ike gets a partial standing ovation as he comes up, with already two homers on the night. Reyes on third, Wright on first, two outs. A homer here, and the press box might cave in.

    8:34 p.m. Reyes with another single, to lead off the bottom of the sixth.

    8:32 p.m. Pelfrey mows them down in the top of the sixth. Still 4-3 Mets. Pelfrey has only thrown 68 pitches through six innings, but looks very strong, despite giving up the three runs.

    8:19 p.m. Pelfrey gives two back in the top of the fifth -- big hit was a Rowand double, and Pelfrey also had a throwing error. But he notched a big strikeout of Sandoval to hold the lead, 4-3.

    8:08 p.m. Wow -- Ike just hit his second homer of the game, to dead-center! Manuel dropped Ike from sixth to seventh in the order today, because they were facing a pretty tough lefty in Sanchez. Looks like that wasn't necessary. Again, wow.

    8:03 p.m. 3-1 Mets, bottom of the fourth. Giants got their run in the third, on a double by Eli Whiteside, who was then sacrificed over to third, and driven in on a ground-out. Wright walked to lead off the bottom of the fourth, but was thrown out trying to steal. Wright has definitely been pretty active on the base paths so far this season, but it didn't work out that time.

    7:38 p.m. Barajas has been a huge additon to the Mets so far this season -- he has eight home runs already. Manuel talked about how hot Barajas has been before the game -- Henry Blanco has been catching Pelfrey and they've had a lot of success together, but Manuel said Barajas' bat was too hot to keep out of the lineup.

    7:37 p.m. And two pitches later, Rod Barajas goes deep to left! 3-0 Mets. First time the Mets have gone back-to-back all year.

    7:36 p.m. The rookie, Ike Davis, just hit the second home run of his major league career, deep to right. Crowd loves that. 2-0 Mets.

    7:32 p.m. Huff makes it to third with two outs, but Pelfrey strikes out Matt Downs to end the threat.

    7:27 p.m. Wow -- the Giants' cleanup hitter, Aubrey Huff, opens up the top of the second with a bunt single. Now, that's surprising. Does that count as breaking up a no-hitter with a bunt? Proper baseball etiquette, anyone?

    7:24 p.m. Just what the doctor ordered for the Mets -- a hit by Reyes, and then Jason Bay snaps his 0-for-14 streak with a double over the head of Rowand in center field. Wright is retired, Mets lead 1-0 after one.

    7:20 p.m. Jose Reyes with a two-out single. And he steals second. Mets need a lot more of that from him.

    7:15 p.m. That's two nice plays by Castillo in the first inning -- snags a hard grounder by Pablo Sandoval with the backhand -- Giants go 1-2-3 in the first.

    7:13 p.m. The Mets flash some leather early -- Luis Castillo with a nice diving play on a line drive from Aaron Rowand.

    7:12 p.m. And off we go -- Pelfrey's first pitch is high.

    6:52 p.m. Before today's game, Manuel didn't sound too concerned about his starting pitcher tonight, Mike Pelfrey, who had an MRI on his pitching shoulder earlier this week and is coming off a rocky start in Philadelphia on Saturday.

    "I think [Pelfrey] has enough success behind him that if he hits a little bump in the road, I don't think you have to be careful, or identify it as crucial," Manuel said. "I think you have to continue to keep the confidence in him that he has in himself. And keep moving forward. I think right now he is a very confident young pitcher."

    6:23 p.m. Mets manager Jerry Manuel was asked before the game whether he had considered tinkering with his lineup again, since Jose Reyes continues to struggle in the 3-hole, and Jason Bay is still stuck in a slump in the cleanup spot. Maybe David Wright, who is currently batting fifth, and has four homers in his past six games, should be moved back up in the lineup?

    "No, I kinda like where David is sitting right now, I like him in that spot," Manuel said. "I continue to believe that this is the right setup for us so far. I believe that. ... I'm going to try to be patient with this as much as I can."

    6:15 p.m. Just back to the press box from the Mets clubhouse. A couple more items shortly, but first, the Giants' lineup tonight (Mets' lineup is below that):

    Aaron Rowand, CF

    Mark DeRosa, LF

    Pablo Sandoval, 3B

    Aubrey Huff, 1B

    Juan Uribe, SS

    Nate Schierholtz, RF

    Matt Downs, 2B

    Eli Whiteside, C

    Jonathan Sanchez, LHP

    3:12 p.m. Mets lineup for this evening, against the left-hander, Jonathan Sanchez.

    Angel Pagan, CF

    Luis Castillo, 2B

    Jose Reyes, SS

    Jason Bay, LF

    David Wright, 3B

    Jeff Francouer, RF

    Ike Davis, 1B

    Rod Barajas, C

    Mike Pelfrey, RHP