Friday, May 6, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Mets 6, Dodgers 3
By Adam Rubin
WHAT IT MEANS: Angel Pagan's rehab assignment has been abandoned because of more left oblique pain, but the sting will be lessened if replacement center fielder Jason Pridie continues to produce as he did in Friday's 6-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Making his ninth start as a Met, Pridie delivered his third homer. The three-run shot off Hiroki Kuroda in the sixth staked the Mets to a 5-3 lead. Pridie's at-bat came after the Dodgers intentionally walked Ike Davis with first base open.
Davis had belted his seventh homer of the season earlier in the game.
Jason Bay added an RBI single in the seventh after Jose Reyes led off with a walk.
K-ROD TRACKER: After throwing 42 pitches Thursday, Terry Collins said before the game he did not intend to use Francisco Rodriguez. Plans apparently change.
Needing three innings from the bullpen, Collins used Jason Isringhausen -- whose last save came on Aug. 1, 2008 -- in the eighth inning. He tossed a scoreless frame. Rodriguez then converted his eighth save.
K-Rod has finished 10 of the Mets' first 32 games. He needs to finish 45 of the remaining 130 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. Rodriguez is on pace for 51 games finished, four shy of the trigger for his contract to kick in for next season.
WHAT'S WHAT WORD? When pitching coach Dan Warthen came to the mound to speak with Taylor Buchholz with two outs in the seventh and lefty-hitting James Loney due up, southpaw Tim Byrdak entered from the bullpen. Only problem? Byrdak's services had not been requested. So after trotting midway onto the outfield grass, Byrdak returned to the bullpen.
NO-DECISION: Jon Niese departed trailing 3-2 with two outs in the sixth and with his pitch count at 116 after a walk to the opposing pitcher, Kuroda. Niese's final line: 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB (one intentional), 5 K. Niese surrendered a second-inning homer to ex-Met Rod Barajas.
STREAKING: Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games with a first-inning single off Niese. He can match the Dodgers franchise record Saturday, which was set by Willie Davis in 1969. Ethier also had a stellar catch in the right-center gap on Carlos Beltran to end the third inning.
TRIPLE THREAT: Reyes produced his second two-triple game of the season, and his franchise-record sixth as a Met. Reyes' other two-triple game of 2011 came on April 11 against the Colorado Rockies. Reyes scored in the first inning on Carlos Beltran's sacrifice fly, but was stranded in the fifth inning when his two-out triple was followed by Daniel Murphy's groundout. Reyes also doubled in the eighth, for his third extra-base hit. He reached base four times in five plate appearances.
BACKSTOP BACK: After a two-day absence from the starting lineup, Josh Thole had an uneventful return behind the plate and contributed a sixth-inning double in four at-bats. There was an ominous moment beforehand, though: 10-year-old Chris Cannizzaro's bounced ceremonial first pitch to the plate went through Thole's legs.
WHAT’S NEXT: Chris Young (1-0, 1.88 ERA) opposes Jon Garland (1-2, 3.81) on Saturday at 7:10 p.m.