The day after St. Louis Cardinals took exception to Brandon Phillips' "howdy friend" shin guard tap that escalated into a full fledged, old fashioned basebrawl, Adam Wainwright threw 7 innings of 2 hit shutout ball as the Redbirds rode yet another Grand slam (this one off the bat of Colby Rasmus in the 5th) and some pent up emotion to a momentum setting sweep of the Reds in Cincinnati leaving Great American ballpark with a 6-1 victory..
Tuesdays "fireworks", the Cards response to Phillips "whiney bitches" comments in reference to the Carrdinals, began as Phillips tapped Molina's shin guard as he normally does as a "hello" gesture. Molina immediately kicked out his left leg in response and jumped into the Reds' 2nd baseman's face presumably "discussing" Phillips' public comments. The two were separated briefly, but, the fuse had been ignited and both benches and bullpens soon converged on the area behind home plate and the melee was on. Cards pitcher Chris Carpenter appeared to be among the most agitated as he and former team mate Scott Rolen could be seen jawing at each other viciously. Reds starter Johnny Cueto ended up pinned against the backstop netting and could be seen kicking and flailing at anyone in range. He apparently landed several blows to Carpenter and catcher Jason LaRue in the fracas that delayed play for almost 10 minutes resulting in the ejections of both managers, Tony LaRussa of St. Louis and the Reds' Dusty Baker.
Molina continued his objection to Phillips' and the Reds' attitude by blasting a 2nd inning HR and Matt Holliday drove in 3 runs on a 4-5 night that saw the Cards take game 2 8-4.
The Cardinals leave Cincinnati a full game ahead of the Reds in the NL Central while holding a 2 game lead in the loss column as they head into Thursday's off day before hosting he Cubs over the weekend at Busch.
Mike Pelfrey went head to head and nearly pitch for pitch with the NL wins leader, Colorado's, Ubaldo Jiminez on Tuesday night at Citi Field, coming away with his 11th win of the year and first since June 23.
Pelfrey and Jiminez both pitched seven solid innings of 4 hit ball with the difference being a Jose Reyes sacrifice fly in the 7th that scored pinch runner Jeff Francoeur with the game's only run.
Hisanori Takahasi pitched a perfect 8th inning and Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 26th save with a 1 strikeout, 3 batter 9th.
Jon Niese will oppose the Rox Jeff Francis tonight as the Mets look for a series win before Johan Santana faces Jason Hammell in Thursday's matinee finale.
The Mets last 2 victories have come via 1-0 wins. The anemic offense will look to break out tonight with recent call up Mike Hessman spelling fellow rook Ike Davis at 1st base and the "manager" Jerry Manuel putting ridiculously unproductive Jeff Francoeur and Luis Castillo back into the starting line-up "resting" younger, fresher Ruben Tejada and Fernando Martinez while continuing to "run" Carlos Beltran out to CF "hoping" he can somehow regain the form that he's displayed in previous seasons.
FIRE JERRY MANUEL !!!
FIRE OMAR MINAYA !!
& We will continue to believe "
LET'S GO METS !!!