Thursday, June 02, 2011
Ruben Tejada knocked in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, lifting the New York Mets to a 9-8 win over Pittsburgh in the finale of a four-game series.
Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and knocked in four and Daniel Murphy added an RBI on a pinch-hit single as the Mets earned a split of the series after losing the previous two games.
New York starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in five innings, but was saved by the bullpen and offense.
"The guys came back and fought," said Pelfrey. "If you come back and tie the game and then lose, I would rather take the loss. But if you come back and win, it takes some of the disappointment [away]."
Tim Byrdak, Bobby Parnell, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning apiece, allowing one run on four hits and one walk. Isringhausen (1-0) picked up the win and Rodriguez got his 16th save of the season.
Xavier Paul went 4-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases. Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a stolen base and Neil Walker added a two-run homer and four RBI for the Pirates, who have lost three of their last five games.
Jose Veras (1-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering two runs in the eighth. He walked four batters, including one with the bases loaded.
Pittsburgh starter Paul Maholm gave up seven runs -- six earned -- on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
It was 7-0 Pittsburgh going into the Mets' half of the third, when they began their comeback.
With two outs, Jose Reyes singled to left field and moved to second on a Justin Turner base hit. Beltran then belted a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence to cut Pittsburgh's lead to four in what Mets manager Terry Collins thought was the turning point in the game.
"We had a couple guys on, which we had done several times, but we finally got a big swing. That got us right back in the game," he said.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Image by leath via FlickrBeltran
Carlos Beltran had a light batting practice session at noon today, off minor league right-hander Jeff Walters and left-hander Josh Edgin.
Working from both sides of the plate, Beltran swung at some pitches, while just watching others in order to get his timing down.
Beltran then took balls in the outfield.
Jason Isringhausen said he is not concerned by the elbow issue that prompted him to start taking anti-inflammatory medication. He indicated the issue is with a muscle, not with ligaments.
"It's just bad timing because it's toward the end of camp, but there's nothing you can do about it," Isringhausen said. "Throwing in a tunnel back home ain't the same as throwing in games. That's all it is. It was nothing to do with anywhere they did surgery. It's called the pronator group, which is not a stability type of thing at all. It's a muscle that slows down my wrist, from throwing cutters and curveballs. What are you going to do?"
Isringhausen had been resolute in suggesting he did not plan to go to the minors. But, he allowed Monday, perhaps staying in Port St. Lucie in extended spring training might be an option to delay an ultimate decision about whether he gets a major league deal and joins the Mets.
"If it happens, it happens, and we'll talk about it then," Izzy said. "As of right now I'm looking at being ready to go at the end of camp. That's my mindset right now. But everybody knows everything can change. You don't try to take one step forward to take three steps backward."
The Mets came back to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7, in walk-off fashion in Port St. Lucie. Everyone contributed and Bobby Parnell got the win.. Recap coming up soon ....