Sunday, April 10, 2011
Postgame review: Nationals 7, Mets 3
By Ian Begley & Mike Mazzeo
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes continued his first-inning tear on Sunday afternoon.
2011 Season Stats
Reyes led off the Mets' opening frame with a bunt single, extending his streak of reaching base in the first inning to seven straight games. It is the longest streak since Rafael Furcal reached base in nine consecutive at-bats in 2009.
Reyes is 6-for-6 with a walk in his past seven first-inning plate appearances.
He has hit safely in eight straight games after going hitless in the Mets' season opener in Florida.
Reyes wound up going 3-for-5 at the plate on Sunday afternoon, with a run scored. He also wowed the crowd by going from first to third on a groundout in the 10th inning. But Reyes was stranded there after Angel Pagan grounded out to first to end the frame.
• Call him RB-Ike.
First baseman Ike Davis delivered a run-scoring single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth, and has now recorded at least one RBI in eight of his past nine games.
"I'm taking a decent approach with runners in scoring position, that's why I'm having success right now," said Davis, who has driven in 10 runs on the season. "Obviously, there's a little luck thrown in there too."
Davis has taken huge strides in hitting with runners in scoring position in his second season in the major leagues.
"When I was a rookie, I would always try to hit home runs in that spot," Davis said. "Now, I'm being more patient and letting the game come to me."
• The Mets' offense continued to excel with runners in scoring position, going 3-for-9 in that department. However, they left eight runners on base and struck out 17 times.
The Mets managed just one hit in the final six innings and have 27 strikeouts in their last two games.
• Rookie right fielder Lucas Duda swiped his first career base in the sixth inning. However, he made a costly fielding gaffe in the eighth inning, taking a bad route on a routine fly ball by Rodriguez, and was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after the game.
"I just took a bad route and I got beat so I'll take the full responsibility for that, it was my fault," Duda said. "I feel like it kind of cost us the game, changed the momentum a little bit. Guys pitched their --- off and to do something like that doesn't feel too good."
• Collins on Mike Pelfrey's start tomorrow: "We certainly hope that his sinker starts to come back. It would be huge for his confidence. … He's going to run out there 30-something times so it's good to get him headed in the right direction.
Pelfrey is 0-1 with a 15.63 ERA through two starts.
• On Saturday night, Scott Hairston started in left field for the Mets and his brother, Jerry Jr., started in left field for the Nationals. It marked just the seventh time the two have started opposite each other, and the first time since May 2009.