Mike Pelfrey, Carlos Beltran Help Mets Avoid Sweep

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Mets 5, Giants 2: Pelfrey, Beltran Team Up To Prevent Sweep

Mike Pelfrey pitched seven and two thirds innings of two-run baseball and Carlos Beltran blasted a two-run homer to help the New York Mets defeat the San Francisco Giants 5-2 and prevent a three-game sweep.

Less than 24 hours after being shut down by Tim Lincecum, the Mets offense still only managed five hits, but the two biggest came from the bats of Beltran and Jose Reyes with an assist from Giants' Jonathan Sanchez.  The San Francisco lefty walked six, including Scott Hairston and Pelfrey following a run-scoring double play by Ronny Paulino seemed to diffuse a potential Mets rally.  However, Reyes put New York up 3-0 with his third triple of the season.

The Giants got on the board in the fourth when Mike Fontenot took Pelfrey deep.  Pelfrey got in trouble again in the fifth, starting with a Reyes error that put Nate Shierholtz on second base.  He got the next two batters, but walked the eighth place hitter Eli Whiteside and surrendered a single up the middle to Sanchez to cut the Mets lead to 3-2.  With his game on the verge of collapsing, Pelfrey composed himself and got Aaron Rowand to pop up to first base for the third out.

After two quiet innings, the Mets offense made one of their few hits count again.  Beltran followed a David Wright single with a fly ball to left field that just managed to reach the first row of seats to make it account for the final score.

With Pelfrey tiring in the eighth inning, Terry Collins decided to go right to Francisco Rodriguez.  The closer didn't have to do much to get out of the inning, as Paulino gunned down Emmanuel Burriss trying to steal second base on just his second pitch of the day.

Things got a little dicier for Rodriguez in the ninth.  He sandwiched an Aubrey Huff strike out in between two walks to bring the tying run to the plate in Ross.  Ross worked the count full before loading the basses with a single to left.  As his pitch count was climbing, Rodriguez struck out Miguel Tejada and pinch-hitter Buster Posey to pick up his seventh save of the season.

The Mets will be back in action Friday night at Citi field against the similarly cash-strapped Los Angeles DodgersJon Niese will take the ball for New York, while Hiroki Kuroda is schedule to start for LA.

Final - 5.5.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 0
New York Mets 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 5 2
WP: Mike Pelfrey (2 - 3)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (7)
LP: Jonathan Sanchez (2 - 2)

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New York Mets Vs. San Francisco Giants: Mike Pelfrey Will Try To Prevent A Sweep

(Sports Network) - Towering right-hander Mike Pelfrey aims for a return to winning today when the New York Mets host the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a three-game series at Citi Field.

A 15-game winner a season ago, Pelfrey has won just once in six starts this season while allowing 42 hits and 25 runs in 28 innings.

He was 0-2 with a pair of no-decisions in his first four outings before recording his initial victory - a 4-1 decision over Arizona in which he allowed just five hits and a run in seven innings with four strikeouts.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pounder was raked a start later, however, giving up eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings of a 10-3 loss at Philadelphia.

He's split a pair of career decisions against San Francisco with a 2.28 earned run average in 27 2/3 innings.

The Giants, meanwhile, go with lefty Jonathan Sanchez, who'll go for a sixth straight start without a loss. The 28-year-old was a 4-3 loser at Los Angeles after 5 2/3 innings of work in an April 1 start, but has subsequently won twice and gotten three no-decisions in five outings.

The most recent came April 30 at Washington, when he gave up two hits and an unearned run with seven strikeouts in five innings, while getting a no- decision in the Giants' 2-1 win.

He's 2-1 in eight games - six starts - against the Mets with a 3.89 ERA in 39 1/3 innings.

On Wednesday, Tim Lincecum struck out 12 in seven shutout innings, leading the Giants in a 2-0 victory. Aubrey Huff went 3-for-4 with a double, while Mike Fontenot and Pat Burrell drove in runs for San Francisco, which has won the first two in this three- game series.

Lincecum (3-3) allowed five hits and walked three, but held New York off the scoreboard and snapped a two-start losing streak.

Chris Capuano (2-3) got the loss despite allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up eight hits and walked three in the Mets' fourth loss in five games.

The Giants won four of seven over the Mets a season ago, but are just 5-7 in Flushing since the start of 2008.


Next Game

San Francisco Giants
@ New York Mets

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Jonathan Sanchez vs Mike Pelfrey

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.


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Giants 2, Mets 0: Tim Lincecum Dominates

The New York Mets offense put up a familiar performance on Wednesday night in a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, but this time they had a good reason: they were facing Tim Lincecum.  The Giants ace struck out 12 over seven innings, including the final five batters he faced.

Making matters worse, it was old friend Pat Burrell that knocked in the game-winning run on a single in the sixth inning.  Burrell is only hitting .230 this season, but for his career his has 42 home runs and 106 RBI against the Mets, the most off any opponent.

Mike Fontenot accounted for the other Giants run with a single off of losing pitcher Chris Capuano in the seventh inning.  The Mets starter pitched well over 6 and 1/3 innings, but was abandoned by his offense.

New York had a shot to break through against Lincecum in the seventh.  Carlos Beltran led off with a double, but was unable to score on Ike Davis' single when he had to wait to see if the ball would be caught on the line.  He then had to stay at third when second baseman Freddy Sanchez made an incredible play on a Ronny Paulino's pop fly near the right field line.  Sanchez slid to catch the ball, while narrowly avoiding a collision with RF Nate Shierholtz, popped up and threw a perfect strike to home.  Willie Harris and Jason Pridie struck out weakly to end the threat.

The Mets struck out a season-high 16 times and continued to struggle with runners in scoring position (one-for-nine).

When Lincecum called it a night after seven innings and a 127 pitches, the San Francisco bullpen sent the Mets quietly into the night, including a perfect ninth by Brian Wilson for his 10th save.

The Giants have now won two in a row after coming to Citi Field having lost eight of 11.  Meanwhile, the Mets have lost four of five following a season-high six game winning streak.

Mike Pelfrey will try to prevent a three game sweep Thursday afternoon when these two teams wrap up their series.  The Giants will counter with Jonathan Sanchez.

bottom of the 8th 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0   2
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0

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Mets Vs. Giants: Lincecum Visits New York

A day after the New York Mets' bats came to life only to see them fail in the clutch to a heartbreaking loss in extra innings, the Amazin's will take on one of the game's finest pitchers tonight in San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum. It's certainly not a game that favors the Mets, especially with how erratic Chris Capuano has been on the mound this year.

Let's get one thing straight, though, there aren't many matchups that would be favorable when the two-time Cy Young winner is on the mound. Lincecum's stats are excellent despite his 2-3 record -- 2.90 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 45 strikeouts in 40 innings. In his five starts against the Mets in his career, he has a 1-1 record with a 3.71 ERA. David Wright is 2-for-16 against Lincecum, Carlos Beltran is 5-for-14 and Jose Reyes is 4-for-9.

For New York, Capuano has been extremely up and down this season. He's coming off a 5 2/3-outing against the Washington Nationals in which he gave up 10 hits and four earned runs, but prior to that, against the Houston Astros, he gave up one in seven innings. He's 2-2 on the season with a 6.04 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.

When there's a pitcher as potentially dominating as Lincecum on the mound, there's always a reason to tune in and watch the possibility of something special happening. There really is no more exciting guy to watch on the mound than "The Freak."


Giants 7, Mets 6 F/10: Aubrey Huff's Home Run Sends Mets Home With Disappointing Loss

Tuesday night's game between the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants featured two teams with struggling offenses. However, each team put up 11 hits in the game, and early on it looked like the Mets would run away with it as they scored three times in their first at bat. But the lead didn't last, R.A. Dickey had a rough third inning and the Giants went on to win 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Mets began the game with two of their first three guys on base. Carlos Beltran hit a homerun to give the Mets an early 3-0 cushion, but after the Mets got two guys on in the second with the chance to extend the lead, Dickey had a troubling inning in the top of the third as he allowed four runs, instigated by a no-out walk.

The Mets answered quickly in the third inning as Ike Davis smacked a homerun to right field, driving in David Wright. Once again, the Mets' lead wouldn't last long as the Giants answered with one in the fourth inning. Nate Schierholtz then homered in the sixth to pretty much cap Dickey's night -- six innings, seven hits, six earned runs and one strikeout to put the Giants up, 6-5.

Jose Reyes, who reached base in all six of his at-bats (three walks, three hits) singled home Josh Pridie in the sixth and the 6-6 score would hold up for four more innings. Mets relievers tossed four innings and allwed just one run, but the one run they allowed proved the most costly, a Taylor Buchholz-to-Aubrey Huff long-ball.

What makes this loss so tough was not just that the Mets started out with an early lead and couldn't hold on. It's that they had a perfect opportunity to end the game before extras in the ninth inning as Wright hit a double to lead off the inning and Beltran was intentionally walked. Davis grounded out, but Wright and Beltran were able to advance, so men were on second and third with one out. After Willie Harris was walked intentionally, Josh Thole did what he couldn't do in this spot: ground into a double play. If he does anything else, it's most likely a run, or at least gives Pridie (or a pinch hitter) a chance to bring the winning run home.

Final - 5.3.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 11 0
New York Mets 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 6 11 1
WP: Javier Lopez (1 - 0)
SV: Brian Wilson (9)
LP: Taylor Buchholz (1 - 1)

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