Mets bullpen struggles, but hold on to win 8-5

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Notable performances:

Notes: The Mets scored early in often in Washington, scoring four runs in the first, two in the fourth, and two in the sixth on the way to an 8-5 win over the Nats to improve to four games above .500 for the first time this season. The headline for the MEts was the bullpen continuing to struggle. Dillon Gee, who started for the Mets, gave up just three runs, but the Met bullpen struggled again, allowing two runs (both charged to Bobby Parnell) on five hits. The Mets used a total of six pitchers in the game, but got the job done.

Here is the bullpen overview:

  • Ryota Igarashi- 0.1 IP, 3 pitches (2 strikes)
  • Bobby Parnell- 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, SO, 17 pitches (11 strikes)
  • Tim Byrdak- 0.0 IP, 2 H, 6 pitches (4 strikes)
  • D.J. Carrasco- (H, 2) 0.2 IP, 2 SO, 8 pitches (6 strikes) Got huge outs in eighth to keep the Mets ahead, very, very clutch
  • Jason Isringhausen- (S, 5) 1 IP, SO, 8 pitches (7 strikes)

The Mets lineup spread the wealth, with all nine starters (including Gee0) either driving in a run or scoring one. Jason Bay, Ronny Paulino, and David Wright all had a few hits each, and were clutch. The lineup tagged Chein-Ming Wang, who labored through four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He struggled, but it was his first major league game since 2009 and his first completely healthy game since 2008 with the Yankees. He is clearly not what he used to be, and it helped the Mets tonight.

Bobby Ojeda was talking in the Post Game show about how clutch the Mets are. He was completely right. The Mets don’t have home run hitters, so they have to get timely hits. They have to get those two out hits with runners on second or third. If they capitalize on those situations, they can be a decent team. Even if a team doesn’t have too much top-level talent on it, but they get timely hits, they can contend. If the Mets can keep this up, they can be contending when Johan Santana (the savior) comes back in late August. Around that time, they have a bunch of games against the Marlins and Nationals, so they could really make a run. The Mets are 6.5 out of the Wild Card after tonight’s game.

Mets “clutch numbers:”

8-12 tonight with RISP with 2 2B, 8 RBI

.435 last five games with RISP

Next: Tomorrow at 7:05 at Nationals

R.A. Dickey (5-8, 3.74) vs. Jason Marquis (8-5, 3.95)

About Connor O'Brien
I'm a 17 year-old blogger, high school student, and lifelong Mets fan. I've been blogging about the Mets in some form or another for about four years. I embrace the new age, sabermetric way of thinking, but also recognize the importance of scouting and player devlopment.

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