Saturday, July 29, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 11 Braves 3

The Mets have won a series in Turner Field for the second time this year. I doubt that's happened since they opened the damn place. Now the Mets have a chance to sweep a 3-game series in Atlanta for the first time since 1985.

El Duque pitched great. He allowed only 3 hits and no walks. All three runs were unearned because of errors by Wright and Reyes. Without those he easily could have pitched a shutout. At one point he retired 17 in a row. Right now him and Maine as 4 and 5 seem more solid than Glavine and Pedro as 1 and 2. But we must remember how up and down he's been this year and whether he can continue to pitch well when the Mets have such a big lead.

Huge game for Carlos Beltran. Started things off the right way with a 2-run homer in the first. Then added a 3-run shot in the 6th when the Mets scored 7 runs (their second biggest inning this season).

Endy Chavez had another game driving in 3, 2 on a single in the 6th and another on an exciting triple in the second. Even El Duque got in on the act driving in the other 2 runs in the 6th. Those were his first two RBI in the major leagues. The Mets other run came off the bat off Chavez too, but since it scored on a double play he doesn't get credit for the RBI.

One piece of bad news: Carlos Delgado got hurt when he was hit by a pitch but x-rays were negative.

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