Thursday, May 16, 2013

Game #38: Mets 5, Cardinals 2

It is official: we root for a solar-powered baseball team. All it took to win was the sun.

Daniel Murphy and David Wright led the offensive charge and Jonathon Niese finally got back on track as the Mets skipped town with a 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

The Good Stuff:

  • Down 1-0 in the top of the 3rd, Jordany Valdespin got a rally going with a two-out single. Daniel Murphy continued his hot streak with a game-tying double. David Wright singled him home one batter later to put the New Yorkers on top for the first time in what seems like forever.
  • In the 6th inning, Murph took his hot streak to a whole new level, lining a double with some impeccable aim through a gap in the right field wall for a ground-rule double. He scored five pitches later when Wright took Adam Wainwright for a ride for an RBI double, and Wright in turn came home two batters later on Lucas Duda's sac fly.
    • Murphy finished 4-4 at the plate, topping off a spectacular series hitting 10-16 with four doubles and three RBIs. His batting is now back up to a respectable .297.
  • The sudden barrage of runs was more than enough for Jonathon Niese, who finally pitched a good game at a two-run, six-hit clip in 7.1 innings, walking two and striking out three on 113 pitches.
    • Bobby Parnell shut the door for his fourth save to drop his ERA to 1.04.
  • New York executed two more double plays, a couple 5-4-3 turns that killed Redbird rallies in the 6th and 8th.
The Bad Stuff:
  • Ike Davis was the only starter (aside Niese) who didn't get in on the Mets' 11-hit parade, going 0-5 and striking out a lousy four times.
Final Analysis:
Maybe it was Daniel Murphy continuing his All-Star worthy series, maybe it was Jonathon Niese's return to last year's form, or maybe it was a sudden victory after a rough week. Probably it was all these things. Whatever it was, this win felt good. I mean really good. Hey, everyone! Come to Wrigley Field and see how good the Mets look! If they really do play like this in the daytime, it's going to be a heck of a weekend.


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