The New York Mets downed the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Saturday afternoon, as they won a wild one in eleven innings. Henry Blanco launched the game winning walk-off homerun in Barajas fashion.

Initial Reaction:

Johan Santana took on Todd Wellemeyer in the middle game of the three-game set. Santana pitched efficiently through the first three innings, but started to lose it as the game went on. He left the game in the 7th inning with the lead, but the bullpen let in his inherited runners, resulting in a no-decision.

Who needs Bengie Molina? The Mets catchers now have the following combined statistics: .259 10HRs 20RBIs. Molina has had a high on-base percentage (.396), but his power numbers haven’t been there, so if he’s not scoring (one of the slowest, if not the slowest player in the game) then its a waste.

This week has been nuts with all these close games, but to be honest, it makes them more exciting to watch.

Positives From The Game:

The Backstop: The Mets have had terrific production out of their catching tandem this season. Henry Blanco made great defensive plays as well as having the game winning shot in the bottom of the 11th.

“Angel” In The Outfield: Angel Pagan hit a clutch two-run triple in the 2nd inning with two out and runners in scoring position to broaden the Mets lead. He hasn’t been too impressive hitting in the leadoff role, but has a higher on-base percentage than Jose Reyes.

Ken Takahashi: He won his third game this afternoon after striking out two in a 1-2-3 top of the 11th.

Taking The Walk: Even though Wellemeyer was wild all game, the Mets were able to take advantage, as three of the five runners that scored were walked.

Negatives From The Game:

Hat Trick: David Wright had a hat trick today, and this isn’t hockey so thats not good! Although he took two walks, he struck out three times today. He now has a 36% strikeout rate.

Interesting Facts:

  • Four of their last five games has been decided by only one run.
  • Two different catchers walked off for the Mets in consecutive games.
  • Mets have won 9 straight games at CitiField.

What’s Next?: The Mets will attempt a sweep of the San Francisco Giants at CitiField Sunday afternoon.

NYM Oliver Perez (0-2) 4.05 ERA vs. SF Tim Lincecum (4-0) 1.70 ERA