Hey, Momma, look what I can do!
Entering into Sunday's game, the Mets looked to do what they do best on Mother's day - win. The Metropolitans had won 7 Mother Day games in a row leading up to this year's game and were looking to add onto that streak with a win against the Pirates. A current 6 game winning streak was on the line, as well.
The Mets sure made Momma proud.
Livan Hernandez survived a shaky start to go six innings and the team welcomed manager Jerry Manuel back from his one-game suspension with a pink bat hitting parade and an 8-4 victory over the Pirates (who have now lost 8 in a row, thanks to the Mets and Brewers).
- The Mets scored not only in the 4th inning but they blew the game open with four more runs in the eighth in a rally capped by Carlos Beltran’s double to left. It's good to see the Mets bats coming to life at different times in the same game. This is something that they have improved on as we get further into the season.
- Pedro Feliciano made his 17th appearance of the season with a scoreless seventh, as did J.J. Putz with a scoreless eighth.
- Jose Reyes had his third straight multi-hit game, picking up a hustle double in the third and a single in the seventh. It's safe to say that he is out of his slump. He also made a couple of nice defensive plays, including an outstanding throw from the hole in the fourth (which I predicted will be seen on ESPN Baseball Tonight's Web Gems).
- Daniel Murphy appears to be growing a beard. According to Jewish Religion, starting from the 2nd day of Passover and counting 33 days, the Jewish Law forbids haircuts, shaving, listening to live instrumental music, or conducting weddings, parties, and dinners with dancing. Murphy is keeping the "no haircuts" aspect but is transgressing the "no parties" law. He's really living it up in Flushing these days. (His lawyer requests that we emphasize that he is NOT Jewish and that this is Eli's feeble attempt at a joke).
- The Mets are in perfect position to break my heart again. At this pace they'd burn themselves out by September. Need I say more?
- Sean Green once again did not look so great, walking the first batter he faced in the ninth then allowing a two-run bomb to Nate McLouth. He settled down to get the next three hitters and finish the game. Back in the clubhouse, Green called Aaron Heilman for some sagely guidance. Aaron told him to just "run". Too bad Aaron had what to do with "run" too. He gave up tons of 'em.
The game ball goes to all the fathers/husbands out there who said, "pink does not make you look fat, Dear."