Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 10 Cardinals 8

What should have been an easy victory didn't turn out to be such.

The Mets started this one off in roaring fashion with four in the first. After the Cardinals walked David Wright to load the bases for Chris Woodward, he doubled down the line, his first hit in nine at bats with the bases loaded this season.

Then in the third you just knew Trachsel was going to give the runs back. He walked the pitcher and Duncan to load the bases for the Mighty Pooh Holes. He's lucky he got away with only a 2-run single cutting the lead in half.

Jose Reyes hit a 3-run homer to give the Mets a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the third. He now has 15 homers and 65 RBI, from the leadoff spot.

In the fourth the Mets knocked out Mulder, then Wright and Milledge had RBI hits off the relief pitcher to make the score 10-2. It looked like a laugher, but the Mets would not score again.

Like all Mets starters, it seems, Trachsel began to tire in the 5th. That's when he gave up a 2-run homer to Jose Vizcaino (Met killer, even when he's on the Mets). Vizcaino just joined the Cardinals and it was only his second homer of the year.

They sent Trachsel back out for the 6th because he still had a 6 run lead. Scott Rolen and Preston Wilson homered to cut the lead to 4, and Trachsel walked the next batter and was pulled in favor of Roberto Hernandez who got out of the jam.

Chad Bradford stranded another inherited runner in the 7th, retiring the Magnificent Pooh Holes. But he created his own mess in the 8th, allowing 2 more runs, before Heilman got a strike out to end the threat.

Billy Wagner put the Cardinals to sleep in the 9th despite allowing a single to you-know-who.

The Mets have won 6 in a row, including 10 in a row at Shea.

Steve Trachsel improves to 13-5. He's tied for the lead league in wins, and Wagner is one behind Hoffman for the save lead.

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