Sunday, July 22, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 5, Dodgers 4

SCZA checking in with the Recap, and I must start with a disclaimer. For whatever reason, MLB Extra Innings did not offer this game, so I can only go by highlights and recaps, thus the brevity.

El Duque did not have his best stuff, but the team bailed him out, once again making a comeback against ex-Met Roberto Hernandez in the 8th. It's nice to see Carlos Beltran continue to get key hits instead of striking out all the time.

The Dodgers are awful defensively, and it showed big time in the 9th inning. Matt Kemp, who had already made a couple of bad plays in this series, dropped a weak fly ball from Green to allow A-Hern to score the tying run.

More curious defense from the Dodgers in the 10th.

With the score tied at 4, Milledge singled with one out off D.J. Houlton. Beltran singled, and Wright grounded sharply to third, just beating the throw to avoid a double play. Then the immortal Chip Ambres made his Mets debut, hitting a grounder to third.

It really didn't look that impressive off the bat. But for some reason, Nomar was playing in on the grass with 2 outs, and couldn't get to it in time. The ball squirted through, and Milledge scored the go-ahead run.

Billy Wagner had some issues with Shawn Green (playing 1st) and Juan Pierre in the bottom of the inning, but he got Nomar looking for the save.

Next up, Pittsburgh.

Notes: Alou is scheduled to be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Pirates. I would suspect Chip Ambres will be sent back down. It will be interesting to see how much PT Milledge takes from Alou and Green. I would rotate the three to reduce the risk of injury. Also, Damion Easley's father Raymond passed away. It's not known when Easley will return to the team.

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