The Nelson Figueroa phenomenon continues at Shea Stadium.
He's only had two starts but fans are digging Nelson, his back story and his kooky family cheering on every pitch from Billy Wagner's box. Last night, Nelson allowed three hits and struck out 7 over 7 innings. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a 2-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman. When Nelson left the game, the score was tied 2-2.
The Mets bullpen did another great job keeping the Mets in the game. Mets batters, meanwhile, left 14 men in scoring position and struck out an astounding 17 times.
The Nats eventually beat themselves in the 14th inning. Joel Hanrahan allowed a single to Damion Easley, who moved to second on a wild pitch and to third on a bad pickoff throw, then home on a second wild pitch.
They call it winning ugly, but its still a win. The Mets now have a modest three game winning streak heading into Phillie. The Nationals have now lost 12 of 13. Presumably, this means my brother and Loge13 lurker "Natkiller" will be quiet on the posts for awhile. Hey NatKiller, how about a guest post telling us all about your new stadium? I hear at the food is good there.
Meanwhile, Nelson and Pelfrey continue to be the starting pitching story this season.