[sny-box color="fff"]The Least You Should Know:
Harvey pitched into the seventh inning for the first time in his career. He ultimately went 7 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits with eight strikeouts, one walk and one hit batter.
Harvey drove in two runs in the fourth inning on a double, the first RBIs of his Major League career.
Every Met starter reached base safely during the game.
Jason Bay and Ike Davis each hit solo home runs. Davis' was the first run of the game.
Frank Francisco gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a home run on the first pitch he delivered.[/sny-box]
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Frank Francisco definitely made this game nauseating to say the least. The second he gave up that home run it felt like the six-run lead was in jeopardy. Three runs later, as the game became a save situation, Terry Collins finally took Francisco out and replaced him with Jon Rauch, who mercifully put an end to the game with a strike out.
Despite Francisco's meltdown, Harvey was the real story of tonight's game. Between the way he pitched and his two-run double in the fourth inning, Harvey deserves every ounce of recognition he gets tonight. Harvey was perfect through four innings before hitting a batter to start off the fifth and then giving up a single two outs later. Even in the seventh when Harvey gave up his only run of the game, he threw just five pitches and limited the damage that could have ensued after Brandon Phillips hit a leadoff double.
In his previous four starts, the Mets hardly gave Harvey any run support. In fact the Mets had not scored more than three runs in a game that Harvey started until tonight. After a disappointing offensive showing last night where the Mets' one and two batters had the only hits, every Met starter got on base tonight, and seven of the starters had at least one hit. I mean, you know the Mets are having a good night at the plate when Jason Bay has two hits and a RBI. Of course, as I already mentioned, Harvey certainly helped himself with his two-run double.
This is the third-straight series where the Mets have won the final game to avoid a sweep. While I'm glad that it shows some sort of fight from the team, it would be nice to see the Mets win a series... something they haven't done since they took three of four from the Giants in the beginning of the month.
The Mets will start off a three-game series against the Nationals in DC tomorrow when Johan Santana (6-8, 4.58 ERA) takes the mound against LHP Ross Detwiler (6-5, 3.18) at 7:10 pm.