Mets Lose On HBP; Padres Celebrate Like Little Leaguers

Here’s basically every thing you need to know about last night’s game:

1. When you get only 5 hits in a game, there’s a decent chance that you will lose the game. The Mets got 5 hits and lost to the Padres 2-1.

2. Mike Pelfrey seems to be growing as a pitcher. Pelfrey got himself into minor trouble on several occasions and got out of nearly them all of them unscathed. This came on the heels of his decent effort against the Dodgers last week.

In the bottom of the 3rd with 1 out, Pelfrey gave up back-to-back singles to Josh Banks and Jody Gerut. Next, Tad Iguchi drove in the game’s first run with a double and then Big Pelf walked Brain Giles to lad the bases. Pelfrey then got Adrian Gonzales, the NL’s RBI leader to fly out to RF shallow enough for Gerut to be scared off by Ryan Church’s arm. Pelf then got Kevin Kouzmanoff to gorund out to end the inning.

3. The 2007 version of Scott Schoeneweis may be back. Following his last appearance against the Giants where a 3 run HR doubled his earned run total for the season, Schoe was awful again last night.

Schoeneweis came into start the bottom of the 9th in a game tied 1-1. He then walked the first two batters he faced and the runners advanced to 2nd and 3rd on a ball hit up the middle that hit off Schoe’s leg and resulted in a groundout.

Following a intentional walk to open the door for a double play, Schoe hitthe next batter Paul McNaulty with the first pitch of the AB. The Padres won on a HBP and with the way they celebrated, you would have thought they won the deciding game of the World Series on a walk off HR. Totally bush league.

4. Don’t let the Mets’ good fortunes over the last week and a half fool you, Willie Randolph is still a clueless manager. During that 9th inning, Randolph inexplicably had Aaron Heilman warming up in the bullpen.

WHY???? WHY???? WHY????

What exactly about Heillman’s performance over the course of the 2008 season would lead Willie to believe that Heilman could be the least bit effective in the 9th inning of a tied game?  Obviously, Heilman was never brought into the game but the fact that it was a possibility is scary.

More of Willie being Willie.


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