- Mike Pelfrey- (W, 6-9) CG, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 SO, 108 pitches (75 strikes)
- Dan Murphy- 4-5, RBI, R
- David Wright- 2-4, 4 RBI, HR
- Jose Reyes- 2-5, 2 R
Notes: Tonight was all about the Met offense and the performance of Mike Pelfrey. The Mets pounded the Reds again for for eight runs on 11 hits. Bronson Arroyo started for the Reds, and was bad, allowing five runs (four earned) in six innings. He also walked three batters on the way to his ninth loss of the season.
For the Mets, Daniel Murphy had a night to remember, getting hits in four of his five at-bats while driving in a run. Coming into today, Murphy was fifth in the NL in batting and continued his ridiculous hot streak today. David Wright also had a great game, hitting a three-run home run in the seventh that blew the game open. Wright is hitting .462 since coming off the DL with two home runs and 11 RBI. Jose Reyes also contributed, scoring two runs.
Now, to talk about Pelfrey. He was… surprisingly good. Pelf threw a complete game, his second of the season, while allowing just two earned runs. A great outing from a shaky pitcher. Pelf had allowed four runs in each of his last two starts. He can be irritating when he’s “off,” but when he’s on, it’s fun to watch. Pelfrey was just sensational tonight.
To be honest, this win really surprised me and proves how tough the Mets are. They had all the reasons in the world to go out there and play horribly, but they didn’t. They stuck with it and played a great game all around. Beltran is gone and everyone knows the front office is giving up, but the players aren’t and I don’t think they should let up. Most of them are fighting for jobs next year, and now is the time to prove themselves. Lucas Duda has to show that he can hit for power on a major league level now that he will likely be playing every day and Bobby Parnell has to prove to himself and the fans that he is the closer of the future. Playoff hopes are gone, but the Mets will still be playing as hard as ever for the rest of the season.
BY THE WAY: Lucas Duda was 1-3 in his first game of the brand-new “Duda era.” He drove in a run in the sixth on a solo home run.
The Mets have still not confirmed the Zach Wheeler-Carlos Beltran trade. Beltran has 24 hours to reject the trade , but it seems very, very unlikely that he will reject it. In fact, ESPN was reporting earlier that Beltran is already on his way to Philadelphia as I am writing this article. So… it looks like it’s going to happen.
Next: Tomorrow at 12:35 in Cincinnati (Going for the sweep)