|Jose Reyes drives in Josh Thole with a single to center in the sixth inning Thursday afternoon. (NYDailyNews.com)|
Jose Reyes turned in another multi-hit game and Chris Capuano delivered a scoreless start, sending the Mets on their way to a series win over the Athletics, 4-1.
The Good Stuff:
- R.A. Dickey set the tone last night and Chris Capuano kept the ball rolling in the day, scattering 5 hits over 6 scoreless innings, walking none and striking out 7. Cappy is 3-1 in his past 4 starts.
- The Mets had no extra-base hits on the day, but they got it done with strings of singles, 9 in total. In the 2nd inning, Jason Bay, Lucas Duda, and Josh Thole loaded the bases on base hits, and Capuano grounded into a double play that brought home the first run. Jose Reyes then lashed a hard grounder up the middle to score run #2.
- In the 5th, Reyes got to first on a throwing error, advanced to second on a Justin Turner sac bunt, to third on a Carlos Beltran hard groundout, and came home on Daniel Murphy's single. Murph went 3-4 on the day, breaking out of a recent slump.
- In the 6th, New York picked up one more run on a lucky break. Josh Thole picked up a 2-out walk and Willie Harris followed with a single, bringing up Reyes. Jose hit a catchable popup in foul territory, but Oakland first baseman got turned around and let it fall to the ground. One pitch after the E3, Reyes hit a line drive into center for his second RBI single of the day.
- In 72 games this season, Jose has multiple hits in 37 of them. Simply put, that's Amazin'.
- Capuano was pinch-hit for in the 6th and put the game in the hands of Pedro Beato, who tossed 2 innings of no-hit ball in relief, allowing one run on a sac fly. From there, Fransisco Rodriguez rebounded from last night's debacle and sat down the remaining A's 1-2-3 in the 9th for his 20th save.
- The last item in Good Stuff comes from a managerial decision. Acknowledging that he pushed Jason Bay back into cleanup too early, Terry Collins moved him back to the 6-hole, where he had been performing as of late. Bay went 1-4, scored the first run, and didn't strike out, much better than his 0-5, 3-K showing last night. If Bay is going to finally get on a roll, he's got to do it in a spot with a lot less pressure. Good move.
- Angel Pagan had a difficult time at the plate today, going 0-4 and striking out twice, leaving 5 runners on base.
- Even this win isn't enough to keep the injury bug away. Turns out Capuano was pinch hit for in the 6th because of abdominal discomfort. Hopefully it's nothing too serious; if there's one thing we don't need right now, it's another injury.
The pitchers stood strong, and the hitters came through when it mattered. For once, everything went right for the Mets today. A series win is a series win, and even though it isn't a sweep, we'll take it.
In their past 6 series, the Mets are 4-1-1, and are once again 1 game under .500. New York takes their 37-38 mark on the road and into the toughest stretch of the season, starting out with 3 games against the Rangers in Arlington. The next two and a half weeks will likely decide the fate of the 2011 New York Mets. With a good showing, it will be tough for general manager Sandy Alderson to argue for a fire sale. With a bad showing, well, I try not to think about that.
P.S. Finally some good news: David Wright has been cleared to resume baseball activities.