In the words of Ryan Punzalan: This kid is a stud.
Mike Pelfrey is a beast. He turned in his second complete game victory in a row, throwing nine innings of one run baseball. Pelfrey threw only 108 pitches, and needed only 18 to get through the last two innings.
He allowed six hits, two of which came in the ninth, where the Astros scored their only run. On what would have been a double down the line, Carlos Delgado made a nice diving stop on a Ty Wiggington grounder, and reached out to first with his bare hand as David Newhan trotted home.
Pelfrey was on, as he walked none and struck out six while on the bump. Only two of the Astros hits were of the extra base variety, as they hit two doubles. The other four were all singles.
He was downright nasty tonight. Another CG. Wow.
So much for limiting his innings. Unbelievable outing. I think he's the most exciting pitcher on the staff.
When Deglado is hot, he's hot.
Delgado blasted a pair of three-run home runs, one in the first inning (of course) and one in the seventh. David Wright and Jose Reyes were on base for both of those homers, and obviously scored each time. The first home run went down the left field line, just staying fair to put the Mets up early. The second was crushed to straightaway centerfield, directly over the 410 sign on the wall.
Another wow. Who would have thought he would have the season that he's having after that miserable start to this season. It's going to be a tough decision for the Mets on what to do with him during the offseason.
Daniel Murphy drove in a run in the sixth inning with a sacrafice fly to center field, allowing Carlos Beltran to score.
The Mets added on in the bottom of the eigth. Ryan Church doubled to lead off the inning, and Pelfrey walked on four pitches. Reyes then tripled down the first base line, chasing Church home from third and Pelfrey all the way from first.
The most exciting man in baseball, without a doubt.
Finally, the offense scored early and often. About time the bats broke out against this team.
The Rest of the Story
I hope this becomes a theme: The game lasted just over two and a half hours.
In Pelfrey's last 25 innings, he's given up 16 hits and only four runs.
Game Ball: Mike Pelfrey and Carlos Delgado.