The Happy Nightcap
The Mets downed the Padres tonight 7-1, thanks largely to David Wright. David clubbed a 3 run homer in the top of the 3rd and made an incredible play to get the Mets out of of big trouble in the bottom of the 4th. Dillon Gee was solid going 6.2 innings, giving up just one run, for his 11th win.
Gee was relieved by Tim Byrdak with 2 out and 2 on in the 7th with the Mets up 4-1. Byrdak proceeded to walk the only batter he faced to load the bases. Manny Acosta came on for Byrdak to strike out Jason Bartlett, ending the threat. This was the biggest out of the game.
The Mets tacked on three runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach. Bobby Parnell pitched a strong bottom of the 8th and Ryota Igarashi pitched like Ryota Igarashi in the bottom of the 9th - giving up 2 runs, looking as confused as ever.
David Wright's three run homer in the 3rd got the Mets an early lead tonight. His crazy play in the bottom of the 4th - diving behind third base to backhand a wicked smash, faking the throw to first and tagging out a confused Cameron Maybin - was a thing of beauty. Maybin was so convinced Wright was throwing that he ducked. Wright's game tonight had star written all over it. Mets Blob gets all over David Wright when he is not getting the job done - so it is only fair that we show him some love when he plays well.