Tagged: Chan Ho Park

Old-fashioned baseball…

 

old baseball.jpgTonight was a great throwback baseball game.  A good old-fashioned pitcher’s duel.  And you wouldn’t have thought that, after reading the pitching matchup.  Chan Ho Park might have just saved his spot in the rotation…at least for now.  He went 6 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 2 BBs and 5 Ks…a far cry from what the Mets did to him last Friday night.  Daniel Murphy finally broke through for the Mets in the 5th inning by blooping a double into left-center.  That was the only hit the Mets would get until the 7th inning.  With Delgado on 1st and 2 outs, Tatis pinch-hit for Jeremy Reed and singled to 3rd, when Pedro Feliz made an ill-advised throw that Ryan Howard could not get to.  The ball went into foul/shallow right field.  Before Jason Werth could get to it and throw home, Delgado rumbled around 3rd and beat the tag of Ruiz to break the 0-0 tie.  That would be the only productive offense of the game for either team. 

Johan Santana saw and raised Park’s performance, going 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 3 BBs, and 10 more K’s.  He did another amazing job getting out of jams in the 3rd and 7th.  However, 2 of his BBs were to the opposing pitcher.  The error-produced run allowed Santana to be on the winning side of another of his wonderous outings.  He is now 4-1, despite very little run support.  Although, I would much rather have the Mets have their scoring outbursts when pitchers other than Santana are on the mound.

 

Notes:

  • In Santana’s 6 starts this year, the Mets have scored 12 runs.  That’s 2 runs a game.  However, he has won 2 games, 1-0.
  • The Phillies had committed 5 errors coming into Wednesday’s game.  In the game they committed 3 more. 
  • K-Rod is now tied for the most saves in the Majors with 8.  He has 3 saves in the last 3 games.
  • JJ Putz got the day off, as Feliciano pitched the 8th.  This was also to be expected, though, as the 8th inning went through the heart of the Phillies order, including Utley and Howard.
  • Carlos Beltran did not reach base for the 1st time this season.  He also had his 16 game hitting streak snapped.
  • I went to the Michigan/ohio state softball game today, as the Wolverines swept the buckeyes to clinch at least a tie for the Big Ten Title.  Go Blue!!

 

Thursday, Citi Field, 7:10pm, Moyer vs. Pelfrey… 

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The Bats and the Pelfrey

 

batsbelfry.jpgMike Pelfrey made his 4th start of the year for the Mets, tonight.  He, again, was on the precipus of something great, but couldn’t quite pull through and complete what he started.  He did, however, pitch well enough to qualify for the win (including his 8th hit of his career and 2 RBI).  He went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 7 hits, 3 runs (all earned), but he walked 4 and struck out 0.  I still get excited when Big Pelf pitches.  He has tremendous potential and gets a lot of ground balls.  He’s still going to need to cut down on walks and miss more bats, but I think he is coming around.  The bullpen looked very solid, as well.  Pedro Feliciano did allow a HR to Utley in the 7th, but got 5 other outs and took care of some tough lefties.  Putz and K-Rod did their jobs in their respective 8th and 9th innings.  Although K-Rod and Feliciano did each throw a lot of pitches (keeping the entire weekend in perspective). 

The offense for the Mets also held their end of the bargain, getting 9 hits and scoring 7 runs.  They wrecked Chan Ho Park over his ineffective 4 1/3 innings.  Park did not help his own cause by issuing an alarming 6 BBs.  It was not one Met who did the damage; rather, the team used their hits wisely and drove each other in.  Fernando Tatis continued his dominance over CHP, going 2 for 4 with a BB and 2 runs scored.  Tatis has been very successful in filling the role for Delgado, who has missed his 4th straight game.  Castillo also missed tonight.  Santos continued his solid play by going 1 for 2 and driving in a run with a great piece of hitting on a hit-and-run.  Hopefully, the team can carry their momentum into the rest of the weekend, as taking 1 out of 3 games from the Phillies is not enough.

 

  Things to Watch This Weekend (and a couple points):

  • Bulls/Celtics Game 7 Saturday night…
  • Crosby (Pens)/Ovechkin (Caps) Saturday afternoon…
  • Kentucky Derby Saturday later afternoon…
  • Tiger Woods at Quail Hallow, Saturday and Sunday afternoons…
  • Heat/Hawks Game 7, Sunday afternoon…
  • David Wright has a great night at the plate on Friday.  He hit the ball solidly, all night.  Maybe he is starting to come out of his slump.  He faces a left-hander in Moyer on Saturday.  Normally, Wright tears up lefties…
  • I had my Master’s Graduation Ceremony tonight.  It was a lot of fun and several people came into town to see me.  Thank you to my family (Mom, Jim, Auntie Dell, and Oma).  Also, thank you to Lisa and Tony who even stayed through the reception.  You guys are great!  I’ve enjoyed my time here at U of M and it was a great way to end my academic career!

 

Saturday afternoon, Citizens Bank Ballpark, 3:40pm, Perez vs. Moyer…