By Mike Steffanos
Diamondbacks 7 - Mets 2
I've been battling the flu for a week, and I'm starting to feel as if I'm losing the battle. I was drifting a little in and out mentally watching the game tonight. The Mets had their hits off Miguel Batista, and some hard outs. For most of the game I had the strong feeling they were a hit away from getting back into things. Sadly, that hit never came, and Batista pitched a complete game against them. To his credit, the one thing he did do was throw strikes, something his opposite number on the Mets failed to do.
Alay Soler struggled with his control early and often. I just keep reminding myself that this was his second major-league start. He has some stuff, although he struggled with his breaking pitches most of the night. He's going to have to learn not to get upset with the umpire so much. He got squeezed here and there, but for the most part got what he deserved. He threw 58 strikes and 47 balls in his ineffective five innings of work, hopefully his mentors on the staff can help him learn from this and give the Mets a better start next time.
As for the debut of Lastings Milledge, his first time up he had a couple of guys on base and lined out hard to shortstop. His first major league hit was a solid double to left. He didn't look intimidated at all, although he did look a little nervous first time up. The kid's a keeper, but I think all of you already knew that.
The other positives from tonight were Cliff Floyd and Jose Valentin staying hot. Floyd had a couple of hits including a double, while Valentine also had a pair of knocks highlighted by a solo homer in the ninth. Floyd is all the way up to .235 after being well under the Mendoza line deep into May, and Valentin has 4 HR and 16 RBIs in only 67 ABs.
Oh, and nice job from Darren Oliver, giving them 4 innings and the rest of the bullpen an important night off.
Pedro will try to lead the Mets to a series victory tomorrow night against 8-0 Brandon Webb.
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