FINAL
New York Mets 9
Cincinnati Reds 7
WP: Pelfrey (1-0)
LP: Volquez (0-1)
S: F. Rodriguez (2)
BOX SCORE

POSITIVES
–Joey Votto: 3-5, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI. He looks and acts like he’s been a major leaguer for ten years.
–Brandon Phillips was 2-3 with a double, and he walked twice! Give the devil his due; despite his dumb offseason comments about OBP, Phillips has been fairly patient so far this season. No complaints.
–Willy Taveras was sick and didn’t start, but he got a chance to pinch hit and made the most of his first AB in a Reds uniform. He dropped a ball in the gap, and took off. I’ll say this: they weren’t exaggerating when they said Taveras is fast. He can move. A triple in his only AB.
–Seven runs against a good team, and the team didn’t quit, even when going against a great reliever in the ninth. Laynce Nix just barely missed a walkoff homer.
–Once again, the bullpen was good except for one reliever. Nick Masset, Jared Burton, and Arthur Rhodes looked good. I feel good about this team’s bullpen, overall.

NEGATIVES
–Four hour ballgame. Ugly.
–0-2. Uglier.
–Edinson Volquez was not sharp. At times, you could see that electric stuff, but he couldn’t put it together. He’s fun to watch, though.
–Dumb baserunning by Phillips in the ninth. At least he wasn’t dogging it this time, but he attempted to go first to third on an infield grounder, when his run wouldn’t even have been the tying run. Not a smart chance to take, but he was bailed out by a NY error.
–Mike Lincoln was terrible.
–Error by Alex Gonzalez on an easy ball at SS. So far, we’re creating more havoc defensively than we are on the basepaths.

ETC.
–Jerry Hairston, Jr., is hurt. Again. After just a game and a half. This is a recording.
–107 pitches for Volquez. Too many?
–Glad to see that Jonny Gomes accepted the demotion to Louisville. I imagine he’ll be back in the bigs very soon.