Monday, August 28, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 8 Phillies 3

The Mets put another nail in the Phillies [division] coffin by taking 2 of 3. A nice result after dropping the first one.

Another big inning and another good [enough] performance from John Maine.

The 3rd inning was one of the stranger innings I've seen in a while, but good that it resulted in 6 Mets runs.

Endy Chavez led off with a single he slapped to left -- might have been fielded in the third baseman hadn't been protecting in against a bunt.
Then John Maine bunted and he was safe. Then Reyes bunted and the catcher was too late to get him at first, loading the bases.
Lo Duca singled in one run, but the bases were still loaded and Beltran grounded to third, and the Philles got the force at home.
Delgado singled to make it 3-0 and then the strangest play I've seen maybe ever happened.
David Wright's grounder up the third base line took a sudden left turn when it got near the base. Umpire Randy Marsh called it foul. The play stopped and the ball rolled into the outfield. It looked for certain as if it had hit the bag.
After an umpire's conference they reversed the call, giving Wright a single, and awarding the base runners one base each, making the score 4-0.
Charlie Manuel argued, getting himself ejected for the second time in the series. He later claimed replays showed space between the ball and the bag and that a rock caused it to jut out to the left.
Randy Marsh said he was screened by the third baseman on the play and that the other umps said it hit the bag.



After that bit of luck Green drove home Delgado with a double and Woodward added the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Maine gave a couple of those runs back on a 2-run homer to Met killer, Pat Burrell. But overall he pitched well again, allowing only 2 runs in 6 1/3 innings (Roberto Hernandez bailed him out in the 7th). The Mets won his last 7 starts, and scored 6 or more runs, 6 of those times.

The Mets tacked on another one on a Reyes triple. Wright got another RBI on a sac fly to give the Mets their 8th run.



Ryan Howard capped the scoring with his 47th homer of the year. His 8th this season against the Mets.

Very few people showed up for this makeup game.

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