Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mets Infield Hit and Hustle Their Way to 7-6 Win

Despite K-Rod giving up an absolute BOMB in the ninth inning to make the game a bit too close for my liking, the Mets managed to hold on tonight to beat the Indians 7-6 in Cleveland (box score).

Tonight the Mets hustled, and took advantage of Indian mistakes that lead to 4 of the team's 7 runs tonight.  David Wright finished the game 3-5 with 3 RBI, all of Wright's RBI were driven in on infield shit.  One RBI in particular scored because of a fantastic hustle play from Reyes who was plated from second on an infield grounder that Wright beat out.  Reyes took off on the play and rounded third without stopping to come around and beat the relay from first baseman after Wright beat out the grounder for a hit.  Two of the Mets other runs scored off of a bomb to center field off the bat of Ike Davis.  Davis' homer was in the air for what seemed like forever and what looked like a routine fly ball eventually carried out over the center field fence.  It wasn't a pretty win tonight, but the Mets capitalized on Indian mistakes, and isn't that what good teams do? Beat up on bad teams and take advantage of mistakes?  Does that mean the Mets are a good team?  I think so...

On the hill tonight, Johan Santana got some much needed run support because he wasn't at his best at the beginning of the game.  Santana ended up going 7 innings giving up 4 runs on 7 hits.  Then Pedro Feliciano came in and walked the lead off man, but he shut down the Indians for the remainder of the inning to pass the ball off to K-Rod.  K-Rod decided to make things interesting by giving up 2 hits, including a 2-run homer to Shelly Duncan in the ninth to make things close.  K-Rod then got a fly out to Bay to end the game.

The Mets look to stay hot tomorrow against these same Indians when they send Jon Niese to the hill against Mitch Talbot for the Indians. 

No pressure, but the Mets are in a position to take this series and keep beating up on the AL bottom-dwellers, which is something they NEED to do before they have a tough stretch of games against the Yankees, Tigers and Twins.  It's not that I don't think the team can win every night, because I think they can (an interesting feeling I haven't had in some time), it's just the cautious part of the optimist making it's way out.  Anyway...Let's Go Mets.

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