The New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 on Friday night at CitiField. Mike Pelfrey had a solid performance for his first win. The Mets are now 7-13 on the young season and continue to “right the ship”.

Davis admires his two-run bomb.

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The Scoop:

Mike Pelfrey took the mound against Joe Saunders in the opener of the series. Pelfrey started the game by allowing a lead-off triple off the bat of Chris Young (not THAT one). He followed that at-bat with a walk to Kelly Johnson. With runners on first and third and nobody out, Pelf stepped up and got out of the jam without allowing any runs. He settled in for the rest of the game, only allowing one run in the third inning off of two consecutive doubles. The Pelfrey of old showed up tonight and hopefully he is here to stay!

The offense was a whole other story tonight. Joe Saunders practically blanked the Mets over six innings of work. He started the 7th inning and immediately walked David Wright. This forced Kirk Gibson to go to his bullpen and it worked in the Mets favor. After getting two quick outs, Esmerling Vasquez gave up what looked like a double to Ike Davis, which tied the game at 1-1. However, the double was challenged and a replay confirmed that it was in fact a home run. The Mets had taken the lead 2-1. The offense put up two more runs in the 8th inning due to some shoddy defense and that would be enough to secure the win.

By the way, Jason Isringhausen looks awesome after pitching a perfect 8th inning tonight.

The Positives:

Big Pelf: Tonight, Mike Pelfrey pitched more like it was April 2010. He went seven innings allowing only one run on five hits and two walks while striking out four. He lowered his ERA substantially from 9.72 to 7.23.

I Like Ike: The Mets couldn’t get any runs across through the first six innings, but Ike Davis broke open the scoring with a two-run home run (via booth review) in the 7th inning. He is batting .368 with RISP which is easily the best performance by any Met hitter this season.

The Negatives:

None to speak of. The game was “played the right way”.

Interesting Facts:

  • Ike Davis leads the team with 16 runs batted in
  • Mike Pelfrey’s last victory came on September 16th, 2010

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to take the series against the Arizona Diamondbacks tomorrow afternoon at CitiField. Game Time 1:10 PM on WPIX.

NYM Dillon Gee (1-0) 1.59 ERA vs. ARI Barry Enright (0-1) 6.23 ERA