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Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Pelf flirts with danger, posts zeroes

By Adam Rubin

Mike Pelfrey knew his mechanics were way out of whack. He could feel it. And he could see visual evidence too, after reviewing video of a 1-2 pitch that plunked Aaron Miles in the right elbow in the fifth inning and forced the Dodgers second baseman from the game an inning later.

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Mike Pelfrey stranded runners all night and ended up tossing six scoreless innings.

“Mechanically I got out of sync,” Pelfrey said. “I came up and watched video and I saw I threw a pitch -- I think it was the one that actually hit Miles -- my front arm was all the way at first base, I think. My left arm.”

Yet, somehow, Pelfrey stranded seven runners in scoring position over a four-inning stretch and ended up tossing six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win against the Dodgers on Tuesday night. He notched only his second road victory all season, the other coming May 10 at Colorado.

“Luckily I made some pitches,” Pelfrey said. “And luckily (Juan) Uribe hit that 110 mph line drive right to Angel Pagan.”

Pelfrey wasn’t exaggerating with the ferocity with which Uribe lined a bases-loaded shot to center field that Pagan snared for the final out of the fifth. Normally, stadium guns register the incoming pitch’s velocity. Sometimes they get the reading off the bat as well. And Pelfrey said someone in the Mets dugout spotted a “111 mph” after Uribe made contact.

Pelfrey was removed after a 1-2-3 sixth inning that upped his pitch count to 102. Pedro Beato, Jason Isringhausen and D.J. Carrasco pitched in to complete the shutout.

“Actually, the best inning he had was the last one,” Terry Collins said about Pelfrey. “He said, ‘Gosh, I think I’m getting in rhythm and I want to stay in the game.’ I said, ‘That’s great.’ But he had to work so hard to get to the sixth inning, that workload I just thought was going to take something out of him.

“The last few outings he’s gone out and he’s gotten in trouble, but he always seems to keep you in the game. Tonight he got some big outs with the bases loaded that he had to have.”