In last night’s win against the Rockies, Mike Pelfrey pitched eight scoreless innings with five strikeouts, and only allowed six hits.
After leaving the field when the eighth was over, the crowd summoned Pelfrey out for a well-deserved curtain call.
Pelfrey, on coming back out:
“That’s awesome. I remember last year coming off the field several times getting booed. I saw Lastings Milledge get a curtain call. It’s something I always wanted to do. It was awesome. They started chanting, [Ramon] Castro looked at me, said ‘Get out there.’ I wasn’t going to say no.”
Jerry Manuel, on pulling Pelfrey after the eight inning:
“I really was considering sending him back out – strongly considering sending him back out – the reason being I think Pelfrey has a chance to leapfrog some people on the staff and become one of the top, top pitchers not only on our team, but in the league. It was the pitch count that concerned me more than anything. Eventually, at some point in his career, he’s going to learn how to complete a game with 110, 117 pitches. When he gets to that point, that’s when he’ll really be something special.”
Pelfrey has now pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings, and has only allowed one run in his last three starts.
…the darn pitch count strikes again…although it would have been nice to see him pitch a complete game, why create undue stress on his arm…
…i was at the game and Shea had a playoff like atmosphere to it…not sure if i had ever heard ‘pelf-rey’ chants before, but like i said earlier, they were well-deserved…