Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Barajas' Eighth Inning Dinger Leads Mets Over Reds

Tonight, despite Fernando Nieve blowing a two-run lead in the eighth by giving up back-to-back homers to Votto and Rolen, the Mets still found a way to win.  Tonight's hero was Rod Barajas who hit the game winning solo homer in the eighth.  Then in the ninth K-Rod came on to close up shop as the Mets evened their series with the Reds by defeating them 5-4 (box score). 

David Wright also hit a solo shot of his own in the fourth inning to tie the game up.  Along with Wright and Barajas; Bay, Reyes and Francoeur also drove in runs for the Mets tonight.  I think it's about time I started giving Barajas credit, all the guy does is come up with big hits.  Although I am still pretty annoyed with his inability to get on base, but at tonight, I'm letting that slide.

One of the biggest stories of the night was the second consecutive good outing from John Maine, who went 6 innings giving up only 1 earned run on 4 hits and striking out six.  He was then relieved by Mejia, who tossed a perfect 7th before Nieve came in and blew it in the eighth.

This is a great example of a game the Mets would have lost last year.  Last year when they blew a lead you could see the fight just drain out of the team.  Not this year...This really looks like a different team...

The Mets try to take the series tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 on SNY, when they send Jon Niese to the hill to face Johnny Cueto.

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