4/30/10 Mets, Trusting Old Bay, Whip Phillies, Go Ahead by a Nose in Race for NL East Flag; on a Pace to Win Triple Crown
The Mets beat the Phils by a big margin, 9-1 with help from 31 year old veteran Jason Bay, who doubled to lead off the second and scored on a David Wright homer, soon followed by another homer by Jeff Francouer to make it 3-0. Niese pitched well and the Mets ended the day a game and a half in front of the defending World Champion Phils on top of the NL east. The Mets are leading the major leagues in triples with 9, and are on a pace to become “Kings of the Triples-Hitting Teams” this year, which would earn them the “Triples” crown.
5/1/10:,” Mets Try to Extend Streak to 8 but Phillies Say “Nay,” Pull the Plug on Big Mike in 4th; Phillies Miss Happ, Leaves Them Without a Left Arm; “Doc” Halladay Goes The Distance to Fix the Problem
Philadelphia left-handed reliever J.A. Happ who was on the DL and scheduled to return, suffered a set back and a longer rehab due to a strained muscle in his pitching arm. They have not found a southpaw to replace him. However, the Phillies knocked off league leading 6 foot 7 inch Mets starter “Big Mike” Pelfrey in the fourth inning of last night’s game, breaking his scoreless inning streak at 27 and breaking the Mets win streak at 7 games in a row. Starter Roy “Doc” Halladay pitched a complete game shutout, winning 10-0, so that the Phils did not have to go to their bullpen at all, a big break considering their loss of Happ.
5/2/10: Mets Try to Stay in Front of Race but Phillies Come from Behind, Battling Wright “Away”
The Mets fell out of first place as they lost 11-5 to the Phillies, who came from behind against Johann Santana. David Wright slugged a three run home run in the top of the first, even as the Phillies hurler pitched to him “away” from the plate, but Santana surrendered two runs almost immediately to the big Phillies’ hitters, and then proceeded to be knocked out by the long ball.
5/3/10: Mets, Reyes Stop Leake in 6th with Long-lasting Tie; Sudden Burst Drowns Mets Hopes as Laynce Nix Seals Sad Fate For Mets; Plummer Runs Off With Taylor, Writes Tell-all Expose’
Reds pitcher Mike Leake held onto a 2-1 lead until the sixth, when Mets shortstop Jose Reyes tied it up with a single with Castillo at second after a two-base error. Leake was taken out of the game, but the two teams remained deadlocked in the 2-2 tie until rookie Laynce Nix unexpectedly blasted a homer in the bottom of the eleventh to give the Reds a 3-2 win.
In an unrelated story, award winning actor Christopher Plummer, who ran away to Connecticut a few years ago with his long-time wife and dancer/actress Elaine Regina Taylor, has recently published his memoirs, “In Spite of Myself.”
5/3/10; Reds Square With Metropolitans on Major League Stage; Rookie Nieve Struggles With Tight Two-Two Tie Opening Night
The Cincinnati Reds squared off with the New York Mets tonight in the first game of a three game series at Great American Ballpark before an audience of 14,000. The two teams maintained a 2-2 tie into extra innings. Mets’ rookie reliever Nieve entered stage left to pitch in the 8th, and 9th, but struggled, as did Feliciano and Mejia, both of whom left a runner on base.
5/3/10 Gambler Drew Stubbs in Error; Acosta’s Fortune to Lose Contest as Fireman Takes Chance with High Heat in 11th
Cincinnati Center Fielder Drew Stubbs took a chance on one of Perez’ first pitches and came out swinging in the first. He opened last night’s game with a solo homer, putting the Reds in the lead, but later cost the Reds a run when he made a costly error, gambling on a tough play. The game became tied in the sixth, and remained 2-2 until Mets’ relief pitcher (aka “fireman”) Manny Acosta lost the game with a daring 80 mile an hour slider that hung up to become a walk-off home run ball for Laynce Nix.
5/3/10 What Should Have Been “Day at the Beach” Turns Cloudy: Mets Burned By Redlegs After “Moment in the Sun.”
With the go ahead run at second in the top of the 11th, rookie slugger Ike Davis came to the plate with the intent to knock the run in and break the tie, but couldn’t “get the job done,” to use his words. If he had, the Mets would have had a chance to win and move back into first place in the NL East in front of the defending World Champion Phils. It was their day in the sun. Instead, Ike made a strike and the Cincinnati Redlegs came back in the bottom of the inning to burn Manny Acosta with an unexpected homer from light hitting (.236 lifetime average) Laynce Nix to win.