By Mike Steffanos
Mets 9 - Dodgers 7
If you told me in advance that the Mets would score 9 runs in a game that Glavine pitched, I would have guessed it would be an easy win. Tonight was anything but, as Glavine struggled ever bit as much as Pedro yesterday. He coughed up a 5-1 lead in the second inning, but the Mets just kept hammering away, and in the end Glavine had his ninth win and a small dose of payback for all the non-support over the years.
I'm tired, and will be back with more tomorrow, but here are some quick thoughts:
Lastings Milledge doesn't seem to want to go back to Norfolk very much. As impressive as his home run was, I enjoyed seeing him go with a pitch into the RCF alley for that triple. He pays attention and he learns, and makes adjustments to how pitchers get him out. He also made a terrific throw to gun Nomar out at 2B in the eighth. Then after the game, he gave an interview where he seemed more subdued and guarded than he has previously. Bob Raissman is going to have a difficult time to find something to bitch about tomorrow. I'm sure he'll come up with something, though.
How about Julio Franco scoring from first on Valentin's double? Unbelievable.
If you didn't see the game, Ron Darling had an excellent observation on Duaner Sanchez' recent struggles, including tonight. Darling felt that Sanchez is overthrowing his fastball, and lunging at the hitter during his delivery.
The Mets roll into Phoenix tomorrow to face the Diamondbacks at 9:40 PM ET.