|First baseman Ike Davis (29) drove in David Wright and Carlos Beltran with a triple to right-center field in the sixth to give the Mets a 5-4 lead Saturday. Davis scored when the next batter, pinch hitter Daniel Murphy, singled to left. (NYTimes.com)|
Carlos Beltran broke out for 2 home runs and Ike Davis put the orange and blue up for good in the sixth, delivering the Mets their first home win of the season: an 8-4 triumph over Washington in front of 31,696 NY faithful.
The Good Stuff:
It's a rarity, but just about everything that could go right did go right for the Mets today. Here's the highlights:
Beltran had his first great game of 2011, going 2-4 with 2 round-trippers: a 2-run bomb in the 1st and a solo shot in the 4th, both right-handed. Carlos finally showed flashes of why we gave him $119 million back in 2005. The incredible 2006 Beltran is probably no more, but if we can get '07 or '08 Beltran, it'll go a long way to contending for the Wild Card.
Ike Davis got back on a role, coming through in the clutch with a beautifully-sliced 2-run triple in the 6th, which finally got the best of Nationals' starter Tom Gorzelanny. Jose Reyes then put it away with a 2-run double in the 8th.
The bullpen did its job in a fine way: 3 innings of relief from Taylor Buchholz, Bobby Parnell, and Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod walked a couple Nats, but managed to keep it together to pick up his first save of the year.
The Bad Stuff:
Starter Chris Capuano got the win, but he had a hard time of it: 4 runs in 6 innings. Not necessarily bad, just not stellar. I guess that's what to expect from the 5th man in the rotation.
While the rest of the offense was on, David Wright struggled to find his rhythm: 0-3 with 2 strikeouts. I know he's going to be a big strikeout guy, but you think he could fare better against the one team that will certainly finish below us in the NL East.
This game had it all: great offense and a comeback all rolled into home victory number one. The Amazin's three game losing streak seems a distant memory. Okay, we're only 4-4 and still two games behind the Phillies and one behind the Marlins. But 4-4 is better than 3-5, right? See what I'm doing here, I'm going for optimism. The great thing about baseball: even if a team wins only 75 games, their fans still experience the thrill of victory about 7 times as often as a good football team's fans do. If you take it one game at a time, as I intend to, there can still be a lot of enjoyment in these difficult times. Tonight, we won. Life is good. Sleep well, Mets nation.