Mets 8, Reds 3
If Mike Pelfrey keeps getting run support like this, he'll be a fine addition to the Mets' postseason roster. After putting seventeen runs on the board in the first round draft pick's major league debut, the Mets scored eight more to get him his second win. Given that the Reds are still in line to be the Mets' division series opponent, this is a very promising development.
Pelfrey pitched a bit better the second time around, too. He still allowed a number of base runners, giving up seven hits and three walks. But he lasted through the sixth inning this time, allowed just two runs and didn't give up any until that final frame. He struck out three and was very successful at inducing ground balls, recording twelve outs on the ground and just two in the air.
Offensively, the Mets took full advantage of the Eric Milton
-y goodness on the mound. Xavier Nady
and Jose Valentin
each hit solo home runs, their thirteenth and tenth, respectively. And Carlos Beltran
hit his second grand slam in as many games in the seventh inning. It was his twenty-seventh home run of the season. Each of those three men had two hits in the game and Beltran's other hit was a double.
Tomorrow, Steve Trachsel
(9-4, 4.57) will try to continue his seven-start winning streak. During the streak, Trachsel has an ERA of 4.43 and a K:BB ratio of 13:23. He will be opposed by Aaron Harang
(10-6, 3.51), who has pitched considerably better than that and yet has won just one of his last three starts. Clearly he lacks the intangibles to win in this league.