It was one of those kinds of games that leaves fans scratching their heads. The Giants won 2-0, but it was the way they won that made this game so frustrating.
Mike Pelfrey was caught balking three times in the game, which ties a Mets record. It hadn’t happened in 46 years. The last pitcher to do it was former Met Al Leiter, who was playing with the Blue Jays at the time, which was 15 years ago. The ESPN commentators said they actually caught him balking five times.
Pelfrey seemed jittery on the mound, like he had too many Red Bulls. He couldn’t get set and didn’t look comfortable at all. He kept stepping on and off the mound, but every time he would step off, it was as if he forgot how to do it. He looked like a baby deer taking his first steps.
The first balk came when his spike got caught on the rubber. He stumbled forward and almost fell down, keeping the ball in his hand. This really wasn’t his fault. It could happen to any pitcher. The problem was that this and his second balk resulted in the only two runs scored in the entire game.
It was a pathetic day for the Mets offense as well. They managed just five hits and no runs after scoring 24 runs in the other three games of the series. It was like they used up their run allotment. Of course, none of the five hits came with runners in scoring position. They left nine men on base.
It wasn’t like there weren’t any opportunities. Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain walked the bases loaded in one inning. In the eighth inning, the bases were loaded again, but the Mets hit into double plays to end both of the rallies. Angel Pagan was brought in to pinch hit for Daniel Murphy and promptly grounded into the inning-ending double play.
Although the series ended with a loss, the Mets and fans have to be happy with taking three out of four from a Giants team that had played extremely well at home. The Mets can’t let that game bleed into tonight’s game in Los Angeles.
Tim Redding, fresh off the disabled list, will be starting against the Dodgers’ Randy Wolf. The Mets need a good performance from Redding to have a shot at the Dodgers who have won four of their last games. And the Mets need to get off their offensive lull from yesterday’s game.