Jeff Francoeur walked twice today; one intentionally, one not so much. It was the twelfth time he had walked twice in one game and the third time in which one was intentional. He has never walked three times in one game. Adam Dunn has drawn at least two walks in a game eighteen times this season and 207 times in his career. Six times this season he has drawn three walks.
Oliver Perez was his usual incontinent self, allowing six hits and six walks while hitting a batter and throwing a wild pitch -- but, quite remarkably, only ceding a single run to the Diamondbacks -- over 5.1 innings. He struck out seven but managed to throw just 53% of his pitches -- 59 of 111 -- for strikes. He did tuck his season ERA neatly under 6.00, making Omar Minaya look just a little bit smarter every day.
The rest of the bullpen conspired to allow three runs in 3.2 innings; Sean Green struck out three batters in an inning of work, but also allowed two runs to score in the process. Brian Stokes pitched a scoreless eighth and Francisco Rodriguez had another iffy outing, allowing two hits and a run in the ninth to collect his 25th save of the year.
Apart from Francoeur's career day, the rest of the Mets' offense was unseasonably productive. Cory Sullivan tripled twice and walked; David Wright collected three singles and Gary Sheffield a pair to go along with an HBP. Fernando Tatis went 3-for-4 with a walk. Omir Santos went 0-for-4 and has been overtaken by Francoeur in on-base percentage, .297 to .296. With seven weeks to go in the season, that'll be an exciting race to watch as we head down the stretch.
The Mets are off on Thursday but head back to Citi Field to take on Barry Zito and the Giants on Friday.
Big winners: Fernando Tatis, +26.1% WPA, Luis Castillo, +25.6% WPA
Big losers: Omir Santos, -13.8% WPA, Pedro Feliciano, -12.1% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Castillo RBI single in eight, +24.4% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Montero RBI single in seventh, -20.7% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +7.4% WPA
Total batter WPA: +42.6% WPA
GWRBI!: Cory Sullivan
Nice job by KeithsMoustache; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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