Z-Cap: Big 6th Gives Mets Series Victory in D.C.

This afternoon in D.C. the Mets used a homer, a big pinch hit and their first suicide squeeze of the season to push them to a 6-3 (box score) victory over the Nationals, taking the weekend series from the Nats.

With one out in the sixth inning and the Mets down by a 3-2 score Lucas Duda continued his hitting ways by driving a deep homer off of Livan Hernandez, who made his last start of the season for the Nationals.  And once Duda went yard, the Mets offense snowballed.  David Wright, Angel Pagan and Jason Bay had consecutive hits after the Duda homer, chasing Livan from the game.

Now, an interesting decision was made by Terry Collins today.  With the bases loaded and one out he decided to pull the rookie Josh Satin in favor of Willie Harris.  Harris immediately delivered a two-run single on the first pitch he saw off of Todd Coffey, but somehow I was still a little peeved.  Although I am all-for winning, I felt that Terry Collins had an opportunity to put his rookie in a tight spot and see how he handled the clutch.  Instead, Collins chose to go with the “safer” bet, pinch-hitting the veteran who came through.  Now, while I find it almost impossible to question a game-winning decision, a large part of me wanted to see Satin get that chance with the bases loaded.  Harris was given that chance instead.  But then Collins redeemed himself to me with his next move, which was my favorite move he’d done all year long…

Immediately after the Harris two-run single, Mike Nickeas stepped to the plate and perfectly executed a suicide squeeze bringing in Jason Bay and pushing the Mets lead to 6-3, a lead they would not relinquish.

Also of note today for the Mets was Ruben Tejada, who played a fantastic game in the field and was also responsible for driving in the first two runs of the afternoon.  As much as I like Justin Turner, I still think Tejada is this team’s second baseman next year, assuming they can re-sign Jose Reyes.  Tejada has just looked too good lately…

Also worth noting was Josh Stinson who worked two scoreless innings out of the ‘pen for the Mets today, which included working around a walk and a hit in his first inning of work.  When Stinson had his control he looked good today.  It was nice to see Collins let the kid work through some difficulty, and even more nice to see him deliver.

Unfortunately for the Mets Mike Pelfrey was less than impressive today throwing over 100 pitches in less than 5 innings of work, giving up 5 hits, 5 walks and 3 runs in 4 and 2/3 innings of work.  The bottomline here is Pelf needs to throw more strikes.  Period.  He should take a page from Bobby Parnell going into his next start and rebound the way Parnell did today.  Just one day after blowing the save against the Nats, Parnell got back on the horse and closed out today’s game.  Good to see.

The Mets will now head to Miami to face the Marlinsstarting tomorrow night…

Let’s go Mets.




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