Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Meet The Mets. Beat The Mets


Oh what a night. But not for crisp efficient pitching. Soler and Lester were not sharp. Jon threw 76 pitches in the 4th and 5th innings alone, but he gutted it out and only allowed 2 runs in 5 innings while throwing 116 pitches.. The slow curve that struck out Wright ended his night, and thoroughly peeved Wright, so much so that he slammed his helmut in disgust. He was fooled by a beautiful 76 MPH curve, a thing of wonder. But while Lester was stuggling, so was Soler, who only lasted 4 and a third innings while giving up 10 hits. The Sox ended up with 15. The bullpen was it's usual shaky self, as Julia and Craig Hansen gave up solo runs. Timlin threw a 10 pitch 9th, giving Paps a well needed rest. 10 in a row. As sweet as it gets.
The crowd was involved too, and the night turned into a love fest, a mutual embrace for Pedro Martinez and the 1986 almost best team. One strike away, in fact. But that was 20 years ago. It's 2006. And Petey takes the mound tonight, facing our Josh Beckett. Must-see baseball. For those of you lucky enough to be going, and I know a couple of you, be safe, have fun, and come home hoarse. And bring our team in. I'll be doing my part, with a bunch of friends and the help of NESN. As we go for 11. Who'd a thunk?


At 6/28/2006 11:37 AM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

as much as i fear this match up, i can't wait to hear the thunder tonight's crowd will make for Pedro. i have goosebumps just thinking about it. and i have no doubt of the reception he will be given, judging solely by the ovation he got last night, merely lounging on the steps of the dugout to watch the game.

as for Lester, there's something about this kid that i like. i know he allows a lot of guys to get on base. but he shows some real composure out there by getting out of it himself. i was watching his expressions & body language last night when he worked bases loaded. he really seems to have an ability to pull himself together where i've seen other pitchers really come completely apart. sure, he has some growing & maturing left to do while he gains more experience but...i like what i see so far.

how about A-Gon tying up with Papi for AVG?? i never would have believed it.

At 6/28/2006 1:47 PM, Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Alay Soler:

If he's Cuban, add 5 to 10 years to his age;

He is NO 25 Year old.

At 6/28/2006 3:25 PM, Anonymous jonathan said...

I hope pede gets a standing o tonight.chances are he will pitch well tonight/ plus we do not hit lefties well

At 6/28/2006 4:00 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Jonathon, I don't get the lefty reference. ML, OK, but I think he IS that young, but who knows. And **dawn**, I'm not surprised that Gonzo has stepped it up at the plate. Others might be, but with his glove and his bat (over .300 this entire month), he is invaluable.

At 6/28/2006 7:55 PM, Blogger ~**Dawn**~ said...

i never doubted his value in the field. i *love* our infield. but i thought he was going to take a lot longer to adjust to the AL pitching. that short break a few weeks back when Cora took the field & he spent some time with the hitting coaches has really made some great improvements.

At 6/28/2006 9:04 PM, Blogger Jess said...

Tonight's game is about as beautiful as all get-out.
I feel like we've planted Pedro as a mole, solely for the purpose of this game, as non-sensical as it may seem for a mid-season interleague game.
Nonetheless, for a day filled with rain, fog and blustering wind out here on the Cape, I'm having an outstanding stay. And oh yeah, this makes the second summer in a row when I've come out here to visit and the Sox have won every game during my stay. Now that I've jinxed it, I'll be going now. Enjoy the rest of the week and your weekend, Peter.

At 6/29/2006 2:50 PM, Blogger Peter N said...

Visit more often, or you'll be kidnapped...just kidding.. And Dawn, thanks for the comments. And ML, no words needed.


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