By Mike Steffanos
Mets 4 - Giants 1
Thanks to a return to quality baseball on the part the Mets, Tom Glavine ended a personal 3-game winless streak that temporarily halted his march to 300 wins. With 294 wins, Glavine is now only 6 wins away from that fabled number.
The Mets scored all of their runs in the first two innings against Giants starter Matt Cain. Jose Reyes and David Wright had a major role in all of the scoring. Once again, Wright is showing signs of returning to the and of the living at the plate. Paul Lo Duca continued his recent hot streak with a 3-4 game. After bottoming out in the .220s in late April, he has upped his average to .286 by going 12-27 in his last 7 games.
Glavine threw his best game of the season against the Giants. In the sixth inning with 2 on and 2 outs, Glavine took advantage of a favorable call to get ahead of Ray Durham 0-2, then struck him out looking with a perfectly placed pitch on the inside corner. In the seventh, his final inning of work, Glavine got out of an identical jam by inducing a harmless fly ball from Randy Winn.
In yet another strong outing, Pedro Feliciano faced the 2-3-4 hitters in the eighth inning and was perfect with a pair of strikeouts and a soft broken-bat liner to Beltran. In facing Bonds with 2 outs and nobody on, Feliciano hung a slider that Bonds fortunately missed for a foul ball straight back. Obviously Bonds was thinking that Feliciano would be leery of hanging another and was looking fastball. Feliciano threw a perfectly placed slider that Bonds could only watch for strike three.
Wagner was dominant in the ninth after having the best quote regarding Carlos Beltran's work with the clippers earlier that day. From Mark Hale's NY Post Blog:
Not everyone looks great, but then again, it's probably not that big a deal. After all, I said to Billy Wagner about his 'do, "That is one ugly looking cut." His reply was, "Yeah, but I'm rich."
That's why I can forgive the little redneck almost anything...
|Tom Glavine (4-1)|
|TOTAL (8 Games)||48.1||19||16||42||27||13||7||3.27||1.14||6-2|