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Matt Harvey is dominant. Frank Francisco is drunk?

Aug 16, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

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The Mets are playing out the string at this point, but at least they’re keeping things interesting.

Matt Harvey limited the Reds to one run in 7 2/3 innings and struck out eight in the Mets’ 8-4 win on Thursday. He also had a two-run double off Homer Bailey in the contest.

Frank Francisco put a seemingly finished game into doubt in the ninth for the second time this week. On Sunday, he allowed two walks and a double to the only three Braves he faced. He entered with the bases loaded, so the end result was four runs scored in a game the Mets held on to win 6-5.

Tonight, Francisco entered an 8-1 game after gave up three runs before Jon Rauch again bailed him out. Thanks to Francisco, Rauch has picked up a pair of one-out saves this week.

Francisco also engaged in some odd behavior after the game, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Brian Costa:

Anyway, back to Harvey. He had a remarkable seventh inning tonight, throwing just five pitches in the frame, yet giving up two hits and a run. Brandon Phillips, Ryan Ludwick, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Xavier Paul all put the first pitch into play, with Phillips and Bruce coming away with doubles. The other three batters made outs.

Finally given ample run support for the first time in five major league starts, Harvey improved to 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA. He’s up to 34 strikeouts in 30 innings.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Got me excited to think that FF was actually drunk during the game. It’d be great to be able to void his deal for next year.

  2. andrewproughcfe - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Kenny Powers would be proud of Francisco tonight.

  3. ajcardsfan - Aug 16, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Do It Under the Influence Yourself! That’s what we’re shooting for! Get drunk and make your dreams come true. – Aziz Ansari

  4. doubledeuce22 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    “The other three batters made out.”

    Three-way kiss? Damn that’s hot.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      That’s what I get for adding sentences at the last minute. Fixed!

  5. andrewproughcfe - Aug 17, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    God – “he’s the man”.

    I think Francisco might have been sleeping through part of those Sunday sermons…

  6. crisisjunky - Aug 17, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Jesus, Jesus, He’s our man.
    If he can’t fix it, Mathew can.

  7. kkolchak - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    “He also had a two-run double off Homer Bailey in the contest.”

    Good to see old “Homer” living up to his moniker again. I guess his parents thought he’d be an outfielder when they named him? :)

    • foreverchipper10 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      How is giving up a two-run double living up to his name? He isn’t Double Bailey.

  8. kdenzler - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    So Frank thinks he can pray away the ERA? I think his time would be better spend learning the names of his teammates. If the Mets want to win a least a few more games they need to keep this idiot far far away from the mound.

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Frank. God knows you couldn’t hit that door with any of your pitches.

  9. hoopmatch - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Homer is a nickname. His real name is David Dewitt Bailey.

    • crisisjunky - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Dubbed when his whole family went back to back off him in Wiffleball.
      One’s character is reflected by his/her consistency through the arc of life..

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