By Mike Steffanos
Mets 9 - Phillies 8 (16)
When Carlos Beltran's home run disappeared over the right field bullpen and into the night at 12:33 AM, the Mets had their first lead of the 5-1/2 hour contest. It was the only one that mattered.
Steve Trachsel started the game for the Mets, and was at his nibbling, frustrating and just plain pathetic worst. He put the Mets into a 2-0 hole in the first inning, then after Wright and Floyd hit home runs to tie it, left them with a 6-2 hole to from which to dig out. Terrible effort.
The Mets clawed back to 6-5 with a run in the fifth and 2 in the sixth, but 2 walks in the top of the seventh proved to be Aaron Heilman's undoing as the Phillies tacked on a pair to go up 8-5, and it looked like an unhappy ending in Shea. But in the bottom of the eighth, steroid boy Ryan Franklin came in with a can of gasoline. He retired Floyd and Matsui to start the inning, but Ryan Howard, who had a terrible game in the field, booted a Chavez grounder for a generously scored single. Pinch hitter Chris Woodward doubled him home, and then Reyes hit a curveball around ankle-height for an improbable game-tying home run.
The next run that crossed the plate was Beltran 8 long innings later.
Thoughts on the game
Sorry, this is going to be short, as the Mets are literally killing me with games like this.
Cliff Floyd had a terrific day at the plate. He wound up 2-5 with a homer and a double, but every AB was a quality one, and he went the other way effectively.
Keith was back in the booth, and the interplay between he and Darling was hilarious. Darling is so much less wooden when he has Keith to banter back and forth with.
Someone needs to check Ryan Madson for performance enhancers. That was an incredible effort.
Props to Pedro Feliciano, Jorge Julio, Duaner Sanchez (2 IP), Billy Wagner and Chad Bradford for scoreless relief innings. Special props to Darren Oliver, who I'm not always kind to, for four scoreless innings and the win.
Goodnight Met fans, this blogger is shot... Alay Soler debuts against phenom Cole Hamels tomorrow night at 7:10. Hope he has some innings in him.