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The Mets came into this series in third place, with a four-game losing streak, their pitchers’ arms falling off, no closer, Tom Seaver still retired, Aaron Heilman still on the team and two infielders playing the outfield, but they should still be able to beat the putrid Padres at least two out of three. And thanks to David Wright’s heroics that’s what they did. It wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t pretty. They gained a game in the standings, and are now two games out of first.

Tuesday, Mets 6-5: Tatis Tattoos Two Taters 

It looks like we need to have an intervention with Aaron Heilman to stop his addiction to giving up home runs. Though he didn’t have much help in the field, with Argenis Reyes missing an easy pop-up in shallow center field, the righty reliever coughed up his ninth long ball of the year. So much for taking over the closer role for two weeks. Heilman almost ruined Fernando Tatis’ home run party. The right fielder tried to solve the Mets offensive woes single-handedly, when he blasted two dingers (the first was the 100th of his career) and drove in four runs. In left field, Daniel Murphy made another leaping catch on the first play of the game, and hit an opposite-field double, driving in the first run of his career, and also walked twice. He looks like he has a plan at the plate and isn’t overwhelmed by major league pitching. What corner outfield problem? Mike Pelfrey pitched 6.2 innings and had runners on base all night (nine hits, one walk), but minimized the damage and only let in two runs (both on solo homers). The rest of the bullpen did their job, with Scott Schoeneweis picking up a one-pitch save.

Wednesday, Padres 4-2: Nice Game, Pretty Boy 

Newman might have something to say about David Wright’s performance in this game. He made an error with two outs in the seventh inning that let in the eventual winning run, and committed a base-running blunder (his second in two games) that snuffed out a potential rally. Better get a second spitter lined up, David. He did get two hits and drove in the first run, though. The offense continues to sputter. I guess if Fernando Tatis doesn’t hit a home run, they don’t score. The Mets left 10 runners on base. They’re considering putting magazine racks near the bases to give the Mets runners something to do until the inning ends. Daniel Murphy continued the nice start to his career, though. He had three hits, a triple and an RBI. Pedro Martinez let up two home runs to the first three batters he faced. Uh-oh. But after that, he settled down and pitched great. His final line: 6.1 innings pitched, three runs (two earned), four hits, three K’s and three walks. The Mets will take that every time. Eddie Kunz pitched the eighth inning, and gave up his first home run. The last time someone connected for a long ball off of him, he was a freshman at Oregon State. Welcome to the big leagues, meat.

Thursday, Mets 5-3: David Wright Is Good After All

Whew. David Wright blasted a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to take the bullpen off the hook. It looks like he’s breaking out of his slump. He had three hits today and two yesterday. And the home run was a lifesaver. What does Johan Santana have to do to win a game? Apparently it’s physically impossible for the Mets bullpen to make it through a game without giving up a run. Santana went seven innings, while only allowing two runs on four hits and seven K’s. Duaner Sanchez faced one batter and hit him. Scott Schoeneweis faced one batter and gave up a home run. But guess who picked up the win? Aaron Heilman. He faced two batters and amazingly got them both out. The Reyeses turned a spectacular double play to end the eighth or things might have gotten really ugly. Daniel Murphy just keeps on hitting (two more hits today and an RBI), and Nick Evans drove in two runs.

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  1. 1 On August 7th, 2008, Andrew Feingold said:

    at least Heilman did not give up homer

  2. 2 On August 7th, 2008, gozer said:

    Question: How did the Red Sox put in a waiver claim on Brian Giles and the Mets did not? I guess this team has no use for a veteran corner outfielder hitting .295 with a .390 OBP.

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