Thole delievers with RISP

May, 30, 2011
5/30/11
11:27
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After flying out and stranding the bases loaded to end the bottom of the fourth inning on Monday night, Josh Thole redeemed himself in the seventh.

With the score tied at 3, Thole, who came in hitting just .229 with runners in scoring position, lined a one-out two-run double into the right-center gap, giving the Mets the lead for good, as they went on to beat the Pirates, 7-3, at Citi Field.

“It felt pretty good to hear the fans cheering after I messed it up the first time,” said Thole, who now has a four-game hitting streak after getting over a 1-for-25 slump. “I was able to redeem myself, I guess.

“I was just trying to get the ball up in the air. Just get it into the outfield.”

He did more than that.

Thole now has at least one RBI in his last four consecutive starts, with seven RBIs over that span.

“Offense is the big part of his game, and when he’s getting big hits, his confidence should be improved,” said Terry Collins.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
14 4.02 143 190
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 28
RBIL. Duda 86
RD. Murphy 76
OPSL. Duda .832
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.49
SOZ. Wheeler 180