Thursday, July 20, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 4 Reds 2

A nice win to get on the road. This is the type of game the Mets have to keep winning to avoid complacency. It would have been a difficult loss because it would have meant a .500 road trip and 2 blown leads in a row. But they hung on and won it in the 10th.

Once again it's the bench players and the bottom of the order that made it happen. Although the Mets caught a gift similar to the one Chavez gave the Cubs, as an easy fly ball was played into a double for Nady in the 10th. Chavez and Beltran followed with doubles to give the Mets a 4-2 lead.

Billy Wagner pitched the 10th for one of his easiest saves ever.

The Mets might not have even been in this game had it not been for the Reds ineptitude with men on base. They left 11 total on base, including the bases loaded in the 6th and the 7th innings.

Tom Glavine was once again great through 4 innings, but he blew it in the fifth. He allowed two singles and a game-tying double to Freel.
Then he got off to another rocky start in the 6th, giving up a single and a double. An idiot fan touched the double by Encarnacion preventing Aurillia from scoring from first. On the very next play, Aurillia came down the line with his thumb up his ass and Valentin (who wasn't playing was able to nail him at the plate) for the first out.

After a groundout made it second and third the Mets walked the catcher to face Arroyo. Arroyo tapped to Glavine who threw home for the third out. The runner was forced, but as you can see below Castro tagged him anyway.

Things went south for Glavine in the 7th, after a double, a sacrifice and two walks Randolph turned to the Runner Strander Chad Bradford. He stranded all three runners by getting a strike out and a grounder to third. After that Heilman and Feliciano each pitched a good inning. Feliciano improved his record to 4-2.

The Mets got their first two runs on homers by Floyd and Delgado. Those two guys will need to step up their production if the Mets offense is going to keep clicking. Right now, both of them are hitting about .250. Not good enough. In July, Delgado is 6-43 with one home run (this one) and 3 RBI. His last home run came three weeks ago in Boston.

Bronson Arroyo once again held the Mets in check. This season he's allowed the Mets only 4 runs in 17 innings along with 1 walk and 13 Ks.


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