By Mike Steffanos
Mets 7 - Dodgers 0
Tom Glavine gave the Mets a strong 6+ shutout innings, and Jose Reyes had the first inside-the-park home run of his career as the Mets pummeled Brad Penny and the Dodgers.
The Mets jumped on Penny quickly in the first, with the first 4 Mets batters getting hits. Unfortunately, Paul Lo Duca ran into an out at third base, but Beltran's RBI single and Wright's sac fly had the Mets up 2-0. They padded their lead to 3-0 in the second on Jose Valentin's long solo home run off the scoreboard.
Glavine got off to a rough start himself in the first when Lugo and Garciaparra had consecutive 1-out hits, but he escaped that jam and settled down nicely. Over the next five innings, Glavine allowed only Furcal's 2-out double in the fifth.
The Mets ran a high pitch count on Penny, and busted the game open in the sixth when the Dodger ace was already up over 100 pitches. David Wright worked a walk off a full count, and then one out later Shawn Green doubled him to third. Valentin hit a hard ground ball to 2B Jeff Kemp, who tried to nail Wright at home. Toby Hall couldn't come up with the rushed bounced throw; Valentin's RBI on the fielder's choice put the Mets up 4-0. Glavine sacrificed Valentin to second while Green stayed on third, bringing up Jose Reyes with 2 outs. Reyes hit a fly ball to deep left-center that Matt Kemp couldn't come up with, and then when Kemp couldn't play the bounce off the wall Reyes was off to the races for the inside-the-park homer. At 7-0 Mets the game was all but over.
Glavine struck out Ethier leading off the seventh, but then Reyes dropped a pop up for an error and Toby Hall followed with a single. With Glavine over 100 pitches, Willie went to Guillermo Mota. After getting the second out, Mota walked Furcal to load the bases but retired Julio Lugo to get out of it. Roberto Hernandez survived a hit and his own error in the eighth to keep LA off the board, and Aaron Heilman contributed a scoreless ninth.
Thoughts on the game
The Mets have always had Penny's number, for whatever reason. He's 3-10 lifetime against them now for his career. They were really working him tonight. With Green hitting now, this lineup can be murder on right-handed pitchers.
Let's do a chart on Glavine since August 1:
He does seem to be finding his way back to effectiveness after all his struggles. He was as sharp as we've seen him in a long time tonight, and the Dodgers have a pretty potent lineup that usually feasts on left-handers. Coming down the home stretch now, it's important to get Glavine and then Pedro going. Good job.
Note to Brad Penny: Sorry for misspelling your name in the original version of this post. It was late, and I was tired.