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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Cincinnati, OH (July 28) – The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds by the score of 8-2 on Wednesday night. Mike Pelfrey pitched very well picking up a complete game victory. David Wright and Daniel Murphy led the offense. It was a crazy day as the Mets traded away their right fielder Carlos Beltran to the San Francisco Giants. They are getting a prized arm back in the deal.
Pelfrey pitched nine innings giving up two runs on seven hits, no walks and struck out three. Pelfrey improved to 6-9 on the season with an ERA of 4.55.
Jose Reyes had two hits, Willie Harris had two walks and Murphy had four hits and an RBI. Wright had two hits and four RBI. Wright has been on a tear since coming off the disabled list, he is batting close to 500. Angel Pagan had a hit, walk and two RBI; Lucas Duda had a hit, RBI and a walk. Duda looks to be the Met that will be getting the majority of the time in right field now with Beltran gone. Pelfrey had a hit. Pagan, Murphy and Reyes all had doubles. Duda and Wright each had a homerun. The Mets were 3-7 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. Reyes did pick up his 32nd steal of the season.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a Pagan two run double. In the fourth inning, Joey Votto hit a solo homerun for the Reds to cut the lead in half. In the fifth Murphy had an RBI double and Wright hit a sacrifice fly making it 4-1 Mets. Duda hit a solo homerun in the sixth making it 5-1 Mets. Wright hit a three-run homerun in the seventh, which really put the game out of reach making it 8-1 Mets. Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-2.
The Mets have won the first three of the four game series. The Mets will be going for the sweep on Thursday afternoon. The Mets record is now 53-51 as they continue to fight and stay in the playoff chase. The Mets have endured a lot this year but have managed to keep their heads above water and be a competitive team. It would be something if they could go on a run now and really make some of these teams sweat to the finish. The Mets have traded their closer and right fielder but continue to plug along. Some young players have gotten chances this year that may otherwise not if it wasn’t for injuries and now trades.