For the first time since 1971, when Tom Seaver
and Jerry Koosman
took the mound, the New York Mets swept a double header from the LA Dodgers.
The big bats finally woke up today as David Wright
drove in four runs, Ike Davis added three RBIs
, and the streaking Mets won their sixth straight game, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-5.
More fans showed for the originally scheduled nightcap and watched as 35-year-old rookie reliever Hisanori Takahashi
bailed out a Mets starter for the second time in five days, this time Oliver Perez
. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, neither the good, nor bad Ollie showed up tonight.
Wright hit a bases-loaded triple, Davis had a two-run double and New York set a season high for runs while improving to 8-1 on its 10-game homestand.
The surge has coincided with the arrival of Davis, a rookie first baseman who was called up from the minors on April 19. He helped the Mets earn their first doubleheader sweep of the Dodgers since Aug. 28, 1971, at Shea Stadium.
New York opened a 3-0 lead against knuckleballer Charlie Haeger in the first inning on an RBI single by Jose Reyes
, a run-scoring triple by Jason Bay
, and Davis' sacrifice fly.
Another walk-filled meltdown by winless left-hander Oliver Perez helped the Dodgers tie it in the fourth, but that's when Manuel turned to Takahashi.
The left-hander from Japan forced home the tying run with a two-out walk to Reed Johnson, then struck out James Loney on a borderline 3-2 pitch, prompting a vehement argument from Loney that got him ejected by plate umpire Angel Campos.
Takahashi hung around and tossed 3 1-3 strong innings, allowing one run and striking out five for his latest big effort in long relief.
A non-roster invite to spring training, he fanned seven in three impressive innings Friday night against Atlanta for his first major league win. Takahashi entered that game as a replacement for John Maine
, who came out early with pain in his non-pitching arm.
Wright, who began the day in a 7-for-42 slump (.167), punched an RBI single to right-center in the fifth for his 1,000th career hit, snapping a 3-all tie.
Davis followed with a two-run double, and Wright made it 10-3 in the sixth with his triple off George Sherrill moments after a key throwing error by shortstop Jamey Carroll.
Ollie threw 3.2 innings and gave up three runs on three hits and four walks, while striking out two. His ERA landed at 4.35.
Takahashi continued to impress, pitching 3.1 innings and only allowing a run on one walk and two hits, while striking out five. His ERA is 3.77.Jenry Mejia
also looked impressive, throwing a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 1.80.Raul Valdes
came in to finish off the game, giving up a run on two hits before closing out Los Angeles.
But the story of the night was truly the offense.Angel Pagan
went 1-3, scoring three times and walking twice.Luis Castillo
also had a solid night, going 1-2 with a run scored and two walks.Jose Reyes
had a 1-5 night, scoring three times and knocking in a run.Jason Bay
also contributed a hit and a RBI on his third triple of the year, matching his '09 season total for triples.
The always impressive Ike Davis
continued to tear up the pitching with his 1-2 night that knocked in three runs.Jeff Francouer
, who came into the first game in the eighth inning, was 1-4 in the second game.Henry Blanco
had a good evening with his 2-4 performance that included a run scored.
The player of the game, of course, was David Wright
who not only was 3-3 with two singles, a triple, a walk, and FOUR RBI's, but also obtained his 1000th career hit.
His fantastic night at the plate bumped his average all the way up to .261.