Friday, September 01, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 8 Astros 7

Tom Glavine didn't pitch well in his return to the rotation but for the 5th time in the last 6 games, the Mets won, and scored more than 8 runs.

Glavine pitched well through 4 innings and had a 3 run lead, thanks to an error in by Adam Everett (even though they gave Chavez an infield single on the play) which resulted in two runs. The other run came when Delgado drove in Beltran with a single to center.

But the 5th was horrible for Glavine. Four straight hits scored a run, and a bases loaded walk forced in another. Then with two outs a 2 run single gave the Astros a lead and a wild pitch by Glavine made it 5-3, Houston.

But in that inning the Astros took out starting pitcher Wandy Rodriguez (who was no great shakes) but the reliever (Dave Borkowski) promptly blew the lead. With one out Lo Duca doubled, the Carloses walked and David Wright blasted one to right. Jason Lane completely botched it, it went over his head, hit the wall and he fell down. Had the ball not ricocheted into his ass, Wright might have had an inside the park home run. Instead he had to settle for a bases clearing double, giving him 105 RBI for the year (14 in the last 5 games).

Glavine blew the lead again making it 6-6, which is how it stayed until the 8th.
David Wright led off the 8th with a crushed double to left, which bounced back like 100 feet into centerfield. Then Valentin and Chavez each had run scoring hits.

It stayed 8-6 when Wagner came on in the bottom of the 9th. He gave up a double, then a single to Biggio to make it 8-7, but got Berkman on a force. Guillermo Mota pitched a scoreless 7th to earn his first victory as a Met.

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