Tonight in San Francisco, the Mets defeated the Giants by the score of 5-2 at AT&T Park.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
The Least You Should Know:
- R.A. Dickey started for the Mets and he allowed just two runs in seven innings while pitching in obvious pain.
- Angel Pagan hit a go ahead two run home run in the fifth inning, and Scott Hairston hit a pinch hit solo home run in the ninth inning off of Brian Wilson to put the Mets ahead again, this time for good.
- Carlos Beltran had three hits including his 27th double and a big RBI single in the ninth inning to score Pagan and provide some insurance.
- Nick Evans got his first hit of the year with an RBI single in the ninth inning, breaking an 0 for 23 slide to start his season.
- The Mets got a scoreless effort out of their bullpen from Tim Byrdak, Pedro Beato and Francisco Rodriguez, who notched his 23rd save of the season.
- The Mets are now 4-1 on their seven game west coast trip.
Comments from Terry Collins:
- Hairston’s home run was as big of a hit the team has had all year.
- Hairston is the guy off the bench who is capable of hitting the ball out of the park.
- A lot of the guys look up to Beltran – he accepts that and it’s natural for him, and it helps him make a great player.
- Dickey pitched a very good game, which one would expect at this point.
- Pagan has gotten back to the player he was last year.
- There’s no question the team has exceeded expectations – at least from “the people in this room”.
- Guys continue to battle the adversity.
- The message today was ‘play the next three games’ – worry about the break on Monday.
- The players never cease to amaze him.
Post Game Thoughts:
This was a fun and exciting game to watch tonight, and a big win for the team to get considering who they’re facing this weekend. They continue to show fight, character and resiliency, with no signs of quit, which honestly is going to be a big takeaway from this season, should this brand of baseball continue through the second half.
Dickey is a gamer. He clearly was fighting off the pain in his glute and foot, but he gave this team a big boost with a solid seven inning effort, and hustling on the base paths as well.
The Mets continue to have a great and patient approach at the plate. It’s not always going to be easy, especially when they’re facing premier starting pitching like they are this weekend, but they continue to work deep counts, foul off tough pitches, and give themselves opportunities.
Things were a little dicey at the corners tonight with Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy, but I am not going to begin to discredit them. Neither are playing at positions they get regular playing time at, and so I expect mistakes at times.
I’ve said it all year long – if the Mets decide to trade Carlos Beltran this summer, they will have washed away any hopes of a pennant race down the stretch this season. Not only has he been phenomenal at the plate, like he was tonight, but his presence and example are equally as valuable for this club, especially in a potential playoff race.
I think it would be really cool if Bob Costas and Al Michaels would broadcast a game per week somewhere together. They have great, nostalgic voices, and they brought back a lot of memories for me with their appearance together tonight.
By the way, since the Mets started their season 5-13, they’ve gone 41-30.
SNY’s Post Game Extra:
The Mets will look for the series victory against the Giants tomorrow night at AT&T Park, with Chris Capuano facing Tim Lincecum at 9:05 PM ET.