Tonight’s game had three story lines. First, Mike Pelfrey has been shaky for several starts but he was just plain bad tonight. He gave up 7 runs in 4.2 IP. 9 hits and 4 walks killed him. Pelfrey takes the loss and his ERA is over 3 now. Certainly, he’s still having a good first half but the last month or so he’s been on a downward spiral.
Second, there was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in a long time that led to Jerry Manuel getting thrown out. In the top of the fifth, the Reds had the bases loaded with no outs against Pelfrey. Scott Rolen was called out by home plate ump Jerry Meals on a foul tip held by Rod Barajas. Rolen argued that the ball knicked his arm. The umpires conferred and changed the call to a hit by pitch. Manuel argued and got tossed. It was completely ridiculous that umpires 90-100 feet away would have a better view of a hit by pitch than the home plate ump.
Third, the Mets made a nice comeback in the bottom of the fifth scoring five to get the score to 7-6. The rally was highlighted by an Angel Pagan homer, David Wright triple, and Alex Cora 2 RBI double. Pagan had another nice game with 2 hits including the homer to get his average over .300. But it wasn’t enough to get back into the lead.