By Mike Steffanos
Mets 3 - Marlins 2
Tom Glavine went 8 strong innings against the Marlins tonight, and was rewarded with victory number 289 in his career when the Mets staged an eighth inning comeback to overcome the Marlins. The big hits came from Lastings Milledge, who tied the game with a single to center, and Michael Tucker, who singled to left on an 0-2 pitch for the game winner. Billy Wagner notched save number 39 on the season, striking out 3 Fish while working around a 2-out single to Miguel Olivo.
Both runs off Glavine tonight came on one bad pitch to Wes Helms in the second inning. It wasn't even a terrible pitch, just a fastball on the outside corner that was up. Other than that, Glavine was precise and efficient in 8 strong innings. Coming on the heels of Steve Trachsel's strong performance last night, the Mets starting pitching is looking a little better as of late. Here is Glavine's chart updated:
|Total (7 Games)||45.1||20||19||40||31||11||4||3.77||1.13||5-2|
He's been looking pretty good over his last three games, including tonight. If there was a prototype for how you would want Glavine to pitch, it was tonight's game. He was efficient and in control. He kept the Mets in the game through 8 until they could come back off the beleaguered Marlins bullpen.
Lastings Milledge (batting third in the lineup) made a nice catch in left to complement his RBI hit. Anderson Hernandez was the hitting star with a monster third inning home run that visibly shocked Willie Randolph, and the single that started the rally in the eighth. Tucker also had a pair of knocks for the Mets.
Oliver Perez goes for the Mets tomorrow night, opposed by Dontrelle Willis.