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Mets 6, Angels 1: Bats Hammer Haren, Pelfrey Puts Forth Complete Effort

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Mike Pelfrey went the distance in this one, striking out five and allowing just five hits and no walks — his third straight start without one — in shutting down a thoroughly mediocre Angels lineup for the third complete game of his career. I don't know that Pelfrey was necessarily dominant tonight. He coaxed just seven swinging strikes and had an equal number of fly outs and ground outs, but he had most of his pitches working well tonight and, apart from a grounder that Justin Turner booted in the ninth, his defense supported him through one of his best efforts of the season.

On the other side of the ball, the Mets roughed up Dan Haren for six runs on seven hits over four innings. It was Haren's worst outing of the season; he hadn't allowed as many runs or pitched as few innings in any of his fourteen previous starts.

The teams traded zeros for the first two innings but the Mets broke through in the third. With one out Jose Reyes singled to center and quickly stole second. He would've stolen third, too, but Justin Turner fought off a 2-2 pitch, resetting Reyes to second. Turner grounded out a couple of pitches later, sending Reyes over to third with two outs. Carlos Beltran then fired a single up the middle to plate Reyes with the game's first run.

In the fourth, Angel Pagan led off with an infield single, stole second, and scored on Jason Bay's single to center. Bay scored on the next play when Russell Branyan flubbed Lucas Duda's grounder to first.

Amid the boos and the calls for his release, Bay has quietly gone seven for his last seventeen, albeit with no extra-base hits or walks. Every marathon begins with a single stride, though.

The Mets poured it on in the fifth as Reyes singled, stole second again, and scored on Turner's single to right. Beltran then chased Haren from the game with a two-run missile to the Shea Bridge, running the score to 6-0. Mark Trumbo hit a solo homer in the sixth, an otherwise meaningless run which did save the Angels from their AL-leading tenth shutout of the season (the Padres lead the NL with eleven shutouts against).

This series wraps up Sunday at 1:10pm when Jon Niese opposes Tyler Chatwood.

SB Nation Coverage

* Traditional Recap
* Boxscore
* Amazin' Avenue Gamethread
* Halos Heaven Gamethread

Win Probability Added

Big winners: Mike Pelfrey, +29.3% WPA, Carlos Beltran, +14.9% WPA
Big losers: Ronny Paulino, -8.8% WPA, Justin Turner, -4.5% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Beltran RBI single in third, +11.7% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Duda strikeout in second, -7.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: +29.3% WPA
Total batter WPA: +20.7% WPA
GWRBI!: Jason Bay

Game Thread Roll Call

Nice job by KeithsMoustache; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.

Num Name # of Posts
1 KeithsMoustache 156
2 Evan_S 101
3 aparkermarshall 88
4 freakystyley 85
5 sj10689 66
6 blueandorange4life 62
7 fxcarden 62
8 Hoyadestroya85 60
9 Syler 46
10 santana9237 36