Thursday, June 15, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 5 Phillies 4

The Mets first inning prowess on this road trip has been incredible. I've never seen anything like it. 8 straight games they've scored in the first inning, and they won all 8. The Mets set a major league record by winning eigh consecutive games on the road when scoring in the first inning. The 1939 Yankees did it seven consecutive games. The Mets' streak of eight straight games scoring in the first is a team record.

This game started innocently, Reyes getting on (again), Chavez getting him home, then Delgado walking after Beltran made out (it happens). Then David Wright continued his hot hitting, crushing a homer to left for his third homer in three days.

After that it was just left to Trachsel to try to hang on. As usual, he can't stand prosperity, so he gave up two runs in the second, and two runs in the fifth, including two homers to Pat Burrell.

As Ron Darling said, death, taxes and Pat Burrell. This freakin guy kills the Mets. In his career he now has 35 homers against the Mets, tied with Chipper Jones and 2 behind Bonds for the most among active players against the Mets.

But Pat the Bat couldn't help the Phils in the series. Heilman, Sanchez and Wagner chipped in perfect innings, and everything went according to plan and the Mets swept the series and now have a 9 1/2 game lead in the division.


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