Thursday, May 20, 2010
Mets Survive Maine's early exit, outlast the Washington Nationals 10-7.
Watch John Maine walk off the mound after only one batter. John Maine walked off the mound after only five pitches tonight. The Mets in a precautionary move, decided to pull Maine after noticing diminished velocity in the bullpen before the game. David Wright led the rejuvenated offense with a three run bases clearing double in the top of the first inning. He also added a sacrifice fly and didn't strike out for the first time since a May 2nd game against the Phillies. Rod Barajas hit a two run home run, his team leading tenth of the year. Jeff Francoeur seems to be heating up, adding a two run single. Jason Bay and Ike Davis each had had three hits, scoring five times. The hero tonight out of the pen was journeyman Raul Valdes, who gave up one run in five innings before tiring and giving up two runs in the 6th. The Mets are now 20-22, and face the Yankees and Phillies over the next six games. This could be a pivotal stretch of games for manager Jerry Manuel.