By Mike Steffanos
Mets 13 - Phillies 4
This game was almost over when the Mets went up 10-0 after 3. In a grownup size ballpark it would have been. The Mets played sharp, crisp baseball today, and took advantage of some sloppy play by the home team. There was a little too much action to attempt a recap, but here are some highlights.
The Mets jumped out quickly in the first. Lo Duca had a one out single, and Beltran followed with a shot down the first base line that went right through the wickets on Ryan Howard, just inches below the jewels. It was scored an error, and put runners on second and third. Delgado hit a ground ball into the shift to score Lo Duca, and when Cory Lidle, who covered first for the out, tried to throw behind Beltran at third he threw the ball away, allowing Beltran to score. It was downhill for the Phillies after that.
Glavine walked Utley with one out, but a fabulous bare-handed turn by Matsui allowed the Mets to double up the speedy Aaron Rowand to end the inning. Lo Duca doubled home 2 runs in the second to put the Mets up 4-0. In the bottom of the frame with Burrell on first with two outs, David Bell hit a grounder to third that hit the bag and popped up in the air. Wright barehanded it and threw him out to end that inning.
The floodgates opened in the third. The Mets had consecutive singles from Delgado, Wright and Floyd to load the bases. Nady hit a hard grounder that Ryan Howard picked cleanly, then threw into LF for his second error of the game. Glavine would double in a pair, Reyes hit a 2-run homer, and by the time the dust had settled the Mets had their 10-0 lead. In the bottom of the third the Mets had their third sparkling defensive play when Reyes fielded a hot shot by Rollins and gunned him out. The Mets were on top of their game, and Philadelphia wasn't. It was a simple equation that spelled blowout victory, ending the Phillies' 9-game winning streak.
Thoughts on the Game
Every Met that had an AB in the game had a hit, except for Endy Chavez (0-1). Reyes, Lo Duca, Beltran, Delgado, Wright, Nady and Tom Glavine all had 2-hit games for the Mets. Lo Duca drove in 3 runs, while Reyes, Beltran and Glavine had 2 each.
Carlos Beltran looks like a completely different hitter this year -- relaxed, patient and confident. His line this year is an amazing .291/.431/.671 with 21 walks in 100 plate appearances. I find it incredible he has so many walks with Delgado behind him. 12 of his 21 hits have been for extra bases with 4 doubles and 8 homers. I don't listen to WFAN much anymore, but I'm assuming things have calmed down quite a bit with the negative talk about Beltran.
Tom Glavine got his fifth win, allowing 3 runs over seven innings. Heath Bell got touched up for a run on 3 hits in the eighth, while Julio pitched a scoreless ninth.
I love the back and forth between Darling and Hernandez when they work together with Gary Cohen. They elicit intelligent points from each other, and also maintain a good-natured needling back-and-forth conversation.
The Mets are 22-11, back to 4 games up on the Phillies. The third place Braves and Kyle Davies were pummeled 11-3 in Florida and are 8 games off the pace.
Steve Trachsel pitches for the Mets in the rubber game tomorrow night, and once again his mandate is to come up big and give the team a lift. Gavin Floyd goes for the Phillies.