The last-place Cincinnati Reds had a record of 14-21 heading into the upcoming series with the Mets, as they hoped to turn things around before it gets too late.
Unfortunately for the Reds, the Mets successfully thwarted the Reds’ attempt to embarrass the Mets at home. The first game of this series on Friday Night was postponed due to rain, so the schedule was arranged instead to have a day-night doubleheader on Saturday while completing the series with a 1:10 pm game on Mother’s Day.
Game 1: Mets 12, Reds 6
The Mets continued to limit their ace to save him for later in the season, as he only went six innings and allowed three runs. Johan Santana improved to 4-2 on the season, but more importantly was able to get his first win at Shea Stadium as a Met.
Following Santana’s exit, Aaron Heilman came in for the seventh and gave up a run on two hits. As soon as the ball fell in for a base hit, the fans immediately started booing loudly. Feliciano and Sosa mopped up the final two innings for the Mets.
At the plate, Jose Reyes’ average dropped to a .246, but after this game things started heating up for him. Even though the Mets scored twelve runs, the first two hitters in the lineup, Reyes and Castillo, went a combined 0-8.
Carlos Beltran went 2-3 and had five RBIs, which needed to happen. Even with the two hits, his batting average still stood at .230 after the game. Left Fielder Moises Alou is just getting warmed up following his injury. He went 2-4 with two singles.
Carlos Delgado had a nice road trip, but still slipped to seventh in the batting order for this game. He went 3-4 with a home run, his fifth of the year.
Game 2: Reds 7, Mets 1
It is very difficult to sweep a doubleheader, so the Reds took advantage. Reds starter Bronson Arroyo pitched a long eight innings, striking out nine along the way. The Mets scored their one run early, and never gave up a hit after the third inning.
In the other dugout, Mike Pelfrey was ready to go and pitched well, allowing two runs in six innings. It was a close game until the sixth, when Pedro Feliciano came in and the Reds started to pull away. In the eighth, Duaner Sanchez came in to try and hold the Reds, who were leading 2-1 at the time. That didn’t quite work out, as the Reds scored two runs off him.
Game 3: Mets 8, Reds 3
A night of rest and a Mother’s Day holiday to look forward to helped the Mets. The Mets, and players throughout the Major Leagues, painted their bats pink and sported pink arm bands, not only because it was Mother’s Day, but also was an attempt to raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
The Mets rocked Reds starter, Johnny Cueto, as they scored six runs on eight hits. Carlos Beltran hit his third home run of the season, while Ryan Church hit his seventh.
Not only did the Mets have 14 hits as a team, they were monsters on the basepath. Jose Reyes had two stolen bases, but the amazing thing is that Oliver Perez stole a base. Yes, Oliver Perez! Perez threw six innings and only allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out eight.