Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Joltin' Jere-my Hef-en-er

The New York Mets once again rebounded from a rough loss and held on to beat the Phillies by a score of 6-3.

You would think I'd be jealous of the patrons on my television as I sat down to watch this game having been at 4 of the last 6. As I viewed the game on the television, however, it was a nice change of pace. I would love to go to every home game, but right now, until baseball is my line of work, that just is not feasible. Even as I watched the Phillies go up 1 in the 1st (in the presence of the Baseball Voodoo Gypsy) on a double by Jimmy Rollins, a sac bunt by Juan Pierre and a Jeremy Hefner wild pitch, this Mets team has trained me to not fret, and I did not do so. They came out aggressive against Joe Blanton in the bottom half with a Mike Baxter Hit-By-Pitch, a Kirk Nieuwenhuis single sending Baxter to 3rd and a David Wright RBI single to tie the game. The big test was seeing Ike Davis up with runners on the corners and 2 out, a spot he was toxic in most of the year. He waited back on an off-speed offering, however, a laced a single passed a diving Freddy Galvis at 2nd, giving the Mets the lead. Even when our old friend Brian Schneider crushed one to the Pepsi Porch in the 2nd, tying the game at 2, I felt comfortable the Mets had this one under control. They quickly got the lead back in the bottom half on an Omar Quintanilla double (making his Mets debut; more on him later), and an RBI two-bagger by Baxter.

Jeremy Hefner was solid this night. They were aggressive against him early on, but he made the proper in-game adjustments to get the Phillies out. Also, if you haven't seen the ball he absolutely crushed in the bottom of the 4th, do yourself a favor a click on the ball he absolutely crushed in the bottom of the 4th. Blanton left a fastball up and Hefner absolutely turned on it. Awesome. It was a huge home run at the time as well with us only up by a run. Speaking of only being up by a run, the biggest test Jeremy Hefner faced this evening was in the top of the 6th, when Juan Pierre singled to open the inning and Hunter Pence doubled down the left field line. Pierre probably wouldn't have scored, but Baxter bobbled the ball, Pierre trotted in and Pence went to 3rd, making the lead only 4-3. With the tying run 90 feet away, Hefner locked down, got Ty Wigginton to ground to Ike, struck Shane Victorino out on a high fastball and got Placido Polanco to fly out to left. Solid outing by the youngster.

Also, it was nice to see Scott Hairston continue his hot hitting by rocking a 2-run shot into the left field corner of the stands. Very important 2 extra runs in this game.

Omar Quintanilla followed a long line of Buffalo Bisons who made an impact the second we brought them up. I was impressed with this guy in the spring and even thought he should be the back-up shortstop instead of Ronny Cedeno. I understand logistics, however, and because of those he's been solid in Buffalo. More performances like last night, though, and we shouldn't see him going anywhere.

The Mets look to take the series tonight against Cliff Lee. Dillon Gee will look to lock it down for the Orange and Blue at 7:10PM in what is becoming a tradition of the "-ee's" matching up. Slay the Red and White.


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