Browsing Posts published in May, 2011

The Pittsburgh Pirates scored each of their runs in the 8th and 9th innings (and all with 2 outs) to hand R.A. Dickey yet another tough loss.  He drops to 2-6 on the year, while the Mets fall to 25-29.

It was looking like it would be Dickey’s night, as he pitched incredibly for the first 7 innings.  But with 2 outs and a man on first in the 8th inning, the game got away from him.  After hitting Jose Tabata with a pitch, he allowed an RBI single to Josh Harrison to tie the score at 1.  Then, after walking Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker broke the tie with a 2-run single.  Bobby Parnell came on in the 9th and, despite reaching the upper 90’s with his fastball, allowed 2 runs of his own to score to push the deficit to 5-1.

A little support would be nice...(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

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The New York Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Monday night at CitiField. The offense had another huge night at the plate, smacking fifteen hits while using small ball to score most of their runs. The Mets are now 25-28 on the season as Dillon Gee earned his 5th win of the year!

Gee was a stud on the mound.

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Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hit shutout for his first shutout in near five years as the he blanked the A’s, 5-0. The Yankees started quickly in the game, plating three runs in the first inning, aided by a Mark Teixeira two-run home run (his 16th) and a Robinson Cano double. With the win, the Yankees improve to 29-23 on the season while the A’s fall to 27-28.

Big Bart Hugging Cisco After The W


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We are about 51 games through the 2011 season and the serious contenders are beginning to make their mark. My beloved Red Sox make a big jump, and a new team enters the top ten for the first time this season. Let’s see how the top ten fall this week in our Power Rankings.

Let the Debate Begin.

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The New York Mets defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9-5 on Sunday afternoon at CitiField. A game that looked like a blowout early on turned into a bullpen mess that the Mets salvaged in the end. Niese’s strong outing earned him his fourth victory of the season while the Mets offense exploded for 17 hits.

You have all the reason to smile, Jose.

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The Seattle Mariners handled the New York Yankees in twelve innings last night by a final score of 5-4. The Yankees got out to an early lead, but the Mariners came back to tie it. Eventually, Adam Kennedy hit a game-winning bases loaded single off of Mariano Rivera for the win. With the loss, the Yankees have lost the series to the M’s and fall to 27-23.

Hall of Fame Picture - AP

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I was wrong about these New York Mets. I thought they would never sniff the .500 mark at any point beyond April. Last Friday they defeated the Yankees and moved to the .500 mark for the first time this season. They then made my rather modest prediction come true by losing six of seven games. Tonight was vintage Mets.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Mets Manager Terry Collins visits Mike Pelfrey #34 of the New York Mets on the mound in the eighth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on May 28, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

Mike Pelfrey wondering who is going to blow his game.

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Friday night marked the first night of the Yankees’ nine game West Coast road trip. If the Yankees are going to struggle against strong pitching and spectacular defensive plays, it’s going to be a long trip. Ichiro and Brendan Ryan both hit run scoring grounds in the sixth while Franklin Gutierrez robbed Nick Swisher of a home run in the fourth inning. The M’s were able to rally against the Yankee bullpen while their own bullpen held the Yankees scoreless over the final four frames of the game. With the win, the Mariners (25-25) are .500 for the first time since April 4th while the loss drops the Bombers to 27-22.


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The Philadephia Phillies scored 4 runs in the last 2 innings, including a 3-spot off Francisco Rodriguez in the 9th, to down the Mets by a score of 6-4.  The Mets fall to 23-27 with the loss.

It was my first live Mets game of the season, and it didn’t disappoint (except for the final score, of course).  It was a pretty lively crowd, about as full as you’ll get for a non-Yankee opponent this time of year, and it was just about perfect baseball weather (for once, this year).

The Phillies built a 2-0 lead off of Mets starter Chris Capuano on RBI singles by Jimmy Rollins and starting pitcher Roy Oswalt in the 3rd and 5th innings, respectively.  But the Mets were able to strike back with RBI singles of their own — Carlos Beltran in the 5th, Ronny Paulino in the 6th, and Justin Turner in the 7th — to take a 3-2 lead into the 8th inning.

(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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Carlos Zambrano pitched 6 strong innings for the Chicago Cubs (and went 3-3 at the plate with an RBI), Mets starter R.A. Dickey had to leave in the 3rd inning with an apparent foot injury, and the Cubs won in a rout.  The loss drops the Mets to 23-26 on the year.

It was a blustery day in Chicago, with the gameday temperature starting at 42 degrees.  Zambrano and Dickey traded zeroes until the top of the 3rd inning.  With one out in that inning, Jose Reyes smacked a double to right field.  Instead of just stopping at second, however, a couple of bad throws during the play allowed him to come around and score.  To quote Gary Cohen, it was a little league home run.

Will Ike and Wright have company? (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)

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