If you told me that Mike Pelfrey would pitch eight innings and allow just one run on six hits and a walk, I would have thought the Mets would be well on their way to an easy victory.
Of course, that would be too simple.
- The offense struggled, with the three through six batters going a combined 3-for-14 with one RBI.
- Ike Davis and David Wright both got picked off during one Jason Bay at bat in the eighth inning, wasting an opportunity to add on to a 4-1 lead.
- Frank Francisco had another shaky outing, and was pulled from the game in the middle of the ninth.
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis couldn’t field what should have been a game-ending fly ball from Brandon Belt, so it fell in for a game-tying double instead.
- And when Nieuwenhuis came up in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and a chance to redeem himself, he tapped into what should have been an inning-ending 3-2-3 double play.
Fortunately, none of that mattered because Buster Posey threw the ball out into right field, allowing Ruben Tejada to score the game’s winning run.
The Mets are now 2-0 in games I’ve been to this year… it’s a nice change of pace from previous seasons.