Sunday, July 15, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 2 Reds 1

Tom Glavine won his 298th game in fine fashion. He allowed two hits in 8 innings, and no walks. The Reds are a free swinging team and they don't wait for Glavine to throw them something to hit, they swing at his pitches 6 inches off the corner. The problem for Glavine was that the first hit he gave up was a home run to Brandon Phillips.

His second problem was that the Mets cannot hit with men on base:

Two men on in the first, Wright struck out, Delgado flied deep to center.

In the third Reyes singled and was caught stealing. After Gotay struck out, Beltran and Wright singled. This time Delgado hit it deep to left. But another out.

Finally the Mets broke through in the 6th when Green drove in Wright who had singled and stolen second (20th steal, 1 caught stealing) to tie the game.

The Mets blow another chance with two on in the 7th when Beltran and Wright strike out. That's 6 men left on by Beltran, Wright and Delgado.

Because the big guys can't do it the Mets got the winning run from their 7th and 8th hitters. Shawn Green doubled, and Milledge singled him home.

I know it's only 3 games but Milledge is playing great. He is providing a much needed spark - contributing to the winning runs in both one runs victories so far. I would love to see the Mets give him an honest chance this year and not try to trade him for another aging veteran.

Wagner pitched a 1-2-3 9th for the save.

The loss went to our old friend Mike Stanton.

Game time was only 2 hours and 17 minutes. The Mets have played some very fast games recently.

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