It was a banner night for David Wright, who had a personal-best four stolen bases and made it safely on base five times. He was 3-for-3, with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. He was part of a base-stealing explosion that saw the Mets steal seven bases, a franchise record, with Jose Reyes sitting on the bench.
John Maine had a shaky first inning but settled in, going 6 2/3 innings and threw 118 pitches, more than any other Mets starter this season. He held the Giants to two runs. The always-hard-on-himself Maine cursed under his breath as he marched off the field in the seventh inning after throwing four straight balls. He presumably was upset with himself for not being able to finish out the inning. He even had a good night at the plate, going 2-for-3.
The Mets were up 4-2 in the eighth inning when Bobby Parnell, filling in for JJ Putz, came into the game and gave up the lead. He had pitched very well this season before tonight. Ironically, he ended up with the win.
Gary Sheffield started in left field and had his best night so far as a Met. He batted in the cleanup spot and went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and two runs. He even led a double steal in the ninth inning to help the Mets score one of the final two runs after Ramon Castro hit a 2-run single.
Luis Castillo batted in the leadoff spot for the first time as a Met and had a tough go of it, going 0-for-4. Alex Cora, who was filling in for Reyes, couldn’t quite fill Reyes’ shoes at short stop. He committed an error and couldn’t make some plays that Reyes probably could have.
The Mets are now two games up in the division and have won nine of their last 11 games. It’s a great sign that they could come back and win this game, despite not being able to tack on runs until the ninth inning. Even in the close games they lost the recently, they’ve had a little more fire than they exhibited earlier in the season.
In other news, Tim Redding might be ready to come back this weekend and start, pushing the newly re-signed Nelson Figueroa to the bullpen. Livan Hernandez faces 2008 Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum on Friday night.