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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Arlington, TX (June 25) – The New York Mets lost to the Texas Rangers by the score of 8-1 on Friday night. Mike Pelfrey made the start and was not very good, in his last outing, he totally dominated and the Mets thought they were finally getting the pitcher that they have seen glimpses of but has never fully realized his potential. The offense did not do much at all in a hitter’s ballpark. The Mets did get down early and that is always tough to come back from.
Pelfrey pitched six innings giving up eight hits and four runs. He walked two and struck out three. Pelfrey saw his record drop to 4-6. Manny Acosta pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up five hits and four runs with two walks and a strikeout. D.J. Carrasco pitched to one batter and got him out.
Jose Reyes had a walk, Justin Turner had a hit and Carlos Beltran had a walk. Jason Bay had three hits as he continues to come out of his season long slump. Bay really has not done anything at all since joining the Mets and has tried to discover how to get it back. He has started to hit over the last few games and the Mets and their fans can only hope that this is sustainable. He is a huge presence in their lineup and could be a permanent cleanup hitter that could really boost their lineup. Ronny Paulino had a hit, Angel Pagan had a hit, Daniel Murphy had a hit and Ruben Tejada had a hit and an RBI. Paulino had a double; the Mets were 2-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Reyes had an error in the game.
The Texas Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Ian Kinsler doubled, they had a sacrifice bunt to get him to third and Josh Hamilton had an RBI single. Adrian Beltre followed with a two run homerun and it was 3-0. In the fourth inning Elvis Andrus hit an RBI single to make it 4-0 Rangers. In the fifth inning, the Mets scored their first and only run of the game. Tejada hit an RBI single to cut the lead to 4-1 Rangers. In the seventh Michael Young hit a two-run, homerun to extend the lead to 6-1 and in the eighth Hamilton hit a two run homerun to make it 8-1 and that was how the game would end.
The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday afternoon. The Mets record fell to 37-39, they are in the toughest stretch of the season. The Mets will head to Detroit after they finish this series and then return home to play the Yankees. The Yankees series is three games and then the Mets head to the West Coast to play the Dodgers and Giants and that is never easy. The Mets will have a clear picture by then of what they will do heading into the trade deadline.