Mets 4, Reds 0

Posted: July 11, 2009 in Mets

All-Star Johan Santana finishes the first half of the season with a 10-7, 3.09 line.

All-Star Johan Santana finishes the first half of the season with a 10-7, 3.09 line.

Well, it’s about time the Mets got a break or two.
The Metropolitans actually scored four runs tonight, receiving a series of bloopers and bleeders to highlight a three-run outburst in the first, allowing Johan Santana to take care of the rest in a rather tidy 4-0 Mets win.
Santana was sharp, tossing seven innings of five-hit baseball, walking one and striking out five. He takes a solid 10-7, 3.09 line into a well-deserved All-Star appearance. Pedro Feliciano and Frankie Rodriguez closed out a suspense-free win.
Jeff Francoeur had two hits in his Mets debut, although I don’t think either were hit particularly hard (difficult to tell following the game online, but his two-run single in the first was listed as a popup to first), but hey, he contributed in his first game. Nice going, Jeff (hard to say the nickname Frenchy knowing how much it irked me when wifebeater Bobby Cox would utter it time after time mic’ed up on Braves TBS broadcasts).
I’m really happy Angel Pagan is back, as he went 2-for-4 with a triple, two steals and two runs scored. He’s an actual leadoff threat, and I hope he stays healthy. I like what he brings to the table. Omir Santos continues to show he can hit the hard stuff, collecting three hits off Johnny Cueto.
My optimism for this win was tempered somewhat by another amazing comeback by the Phillies tonight, who scored five runs in the ninth for an 8-7 win over the Pirates. I absolutely hate the Phils, but I sometimes feel somewhat envious of their fans. That team is truly never out of a ballgame and we can berate their ballpark all we want, but they never let up. I really want to root for a Mets team that can do that. We seemed to have it in 2006, only to see it flushed down the drain in a playoff loss to the Cardinals that the franchise truly has never recovered from.
Oh well, on to the last game before the All-Star break, with Mike Pelfrey taking the hill against Aaron Harang of the Reds.


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