Sunday, September 24, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 12 Nationals 6

The bats finally came alive in this one although it took awhile. The Mets were trailing 4-0 in the 5th when the hits started coming. Green doubled and Milledge drove him home. Then Woodward doubled to set up second and third. Reyes and Chavez singled, each driving in a run then Wright connected for a 3 run shot to give the Mets the lead for good.

A lot of people have been concerned about Wright because that was only his 5th home run since the All-Star break. While there is no possible way that he is being affected by a Home Run Derby hangover, it was nice to see him finally hit one. The Mets can't afford to have him slumping when the playoffs start.

The Mets added 3 more in both the 7th and 8th innings to put the game out of reach.

Jose Reyes went 3 for 3, raising his average to .300 for the season. He had 3 RBI, giving him 80, a tremendous total for a leadoff hitter. And he stole his 58th base, but probably won't catch Roger Cedeno for the Mets single season record. I am pulling for him to get his 20th home run though.

Paul Lo Duca homered, only his 5th of the year.

Lastings Milledge had a couple more hits, and he seems to be playing much better this time around. I definitely think he is earning a spot on the playoff roster.

John Maine did not pitch well. His outing was similar to Pedro's on Thursday. Maine had a no-hitter for 3 2/3 innings. Then he lost his control, leaving after 5 innings having walked 5 and hit 2 batters. He did strike out 7 and thanks to the explosion in the bottom of the inning he got his 6th win of the season.

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