Sunday, September 23, 2007

Happy Recap: Mets 7 Marlins 6

A huge victory as this time the Mets survived the atrocious relief work and showed great heart by coming back and avoiding what could have been another crushing defeat.

John Maine pitched decent, but once again he only gave the Mets 5 innings forcing them to get 4 innings out of the bullpen, which they couldn't do. After Maine put two men on to lead off the 6th, Feliciano came in and allowed an inherited runner to score, but Sosa relieved him and kept the lead to only one run.

The Mets got a huge rally in the top of the 8th, Wright walked, Anderson singled, Alou singled to extend his hitting streak and tie the game, the Delgado homered to give the Mets a 3-run. An absolutely huge home run by Delgado. Incredibly clutch.

Delgado's home run ball a millisecond before it became a home run ball

But then Aaron Heilman came in. He walked the first two batters then gave up a double to make it 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Heilman got Olivo but then allowed a single to left, but it wasn't hit deep enough to score both runs, but Todd Linden tried to score anyway and Alou nailed him at the plate. Tremendous throw, tremendous play. That saved the Mets temporarily because even though Heilman hit the next batter he got out of it by getting Hanley Ramirez. Heilman faced 7 batters and 5 reached base.

Billy Wagner was called on to get the final three outs, but his back spasms may still have been hurting, he just didn't look right and he allowed a game-tying home run to Dan Uggla, his 31st. Dan Uggla has 31 home runs. I repeat Dan Uggla has 31 home runs.

But the Mets showed a lot of toughness coming back in the 11th inning, Reyes walked (a rarity for him lately), Castillo singled and Wright drove him home.

After a great 10th by Joe Smith, Aaron Sele got the first two outs of the 11th, then the Mets new closer Scott Schoeneweis sealed the deal. Lately it seems like Schoeneweis is more reliable than Feliciano or Heilman.

Carlos Gomez had a rough day going 0-5 including hitting a shallow fly ball with 2nd and 3rd in the 10th inning. He also had a chance to throw out a runner at home earlier in the game and made a bad throw.

Moises Alou has a 27 game hitting streak, the longest in Mets history.

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