Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Unhappy Recap: Cubs 8 Mets 6

Another disastrous pitching performance. The Mets have now given up exactly 8 runs in 3 straight games. And with Pedro out, the Mets have been relying on Glavine and Trachsel, both of whom got their asses kicked by the Cubs.
This is the first series loss since the second Yankees series. And it could turn into the first series sweep since Boston right before that.

Glavine got victimized by the home run, but like so many other Mets pitchers lately he also let one little thing, one bad play in the field, open the floodgates and become a much larger problem.

He gave up back to Ramirez and Nevin in the first inning but the Mets but that wasn't a big deal because Beltran got one right back, then Exciting Endy gave the Mets a lead with a 3-run blast.

Then in the fatal third inning, after a walk, a hit and a sacrifice fly, Glavine threw high to first base and Delgado came off the back, just fractionally, but safe was the correct call. After a walk the bases were loaded, Glavine got a force at home, for what should have been the third out. The Cubs took advantage of the extra out and Henry Blanco hit a bases clearing double.

Glavine settled down and retired 10 in a row but he gave up another homer, his third of the game, to the opposing pitcher, Carlos (much better than Victor) Zambrano. On July 31, 2004 I was taking a nap when my dad woke me up with the news that the Mets had traded Kazmir for Zambrano. I was very excited until I asked why the Cubs would make that trade. Then I found out that it was the other Zambrano.

Anyway, that was his fourth home run this season, the most since Mike Hampton hit 7 in 2001.

The Mets had one final chance in the 9th but couldn't breakthrough off Howry, after Dempster gave up 2 hits and 2 walks.


Anonymous bobby v said...

A bad loss, but it was predictable. I was in the building, and the Mets don't win when I'm at Shea

Thursday, July 27, 2006 4:03:00 PM  

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