Sunday, August 20, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Rockies 4

It seems only fitting that the Mets should have a come from behind victory on '86 night.

The game started out slowly as Dave Williams and Jeff Francis were both pitching well.

Then in the 5th inning Yorvit Torrealba took Williams deep for the Rockies first run. In the bottom of the 5th inning, Lastings Milledge singled for the Mets first hit.

In the 6th, Williams had 2 on and 2 out when he developed leg cramps and could not continue. Roberto Hernandez came in, and was given all the time he needed to warm up. Maybe he should have warmed up a litte longer. Garrett Atkins hit the fourth pitch of the at-bat for a 3 run homer to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead.

Then the Mets came to bat in the bottom of the 6th.
Michael Tucker singled to center.
Jose Reyes flied out to left.
Paul Lo Duca doubled to left, Tucker to third.
Carlos Beltran reaced on left fielder's error, Tucker scored, Lo Duca to third, Beltran to second.
Carlos Delgado singled to left, Lo Duca scored, Beltran to third.
David Wright intentionally walked.
Chris Woodward popped out to second.
Lastings Milledge singled to right, Delgado scored, Wright to third, Milledge to second on throwing error
Julio Franco intentionally walked.
Michael Tucker walked, Wright scored, Milledge to third, Franco to second.
Jose Reyes walked, Milledge scored, Franco to third, Tucker to second.
Paul Lo Duca flied out to center.

6 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks (2 intentional, the other 2 walked in a run).

So Heilman came in since Franco pinch hit for Hernandez. He pitched two good innings and was the benefactor of a seldom invoked rule. The official scorer deemed the pitcher of record (in this case Roberto Hernandez) ineffective. Hernandez gave up a home run, a single, and didn't even get an out, the third out was made on a caught stealing. So the scorer is allowed to award the win to another pitcher, in this case Heilman.

Lastings Milledge homered to give the Mets their 7th run. His three hits in this game tied a career high. Milledge was 18th months old when the Mets won the World Series in 1986.

Wagner nailed down the 9th for his 30th save.


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