By Mike Steffanos
Mets 10 - Yankees 7
The Mets made Tom Glavine sweat a little for career win number 295, but in the end were able to overcome the elements, a stingy home plate umpire and themselves to hold on for a victory.
Glavine was not at his best yesterday, and had some issues with the postage stamp-sized strike zone that umpire Larry Vanover was calling. He never looked really comfortable, but was able to manage the game while the Mets teed off on the Yankees bullpen after starter Darrell Rasner was hurt pitching to the second batter of the game. Glavine allowed the Yankees solo runs in the first two innings, but the Mets were punishing Mike Meyers and Luis Vizcaino to the tune of 8 runs over the first 4 innings, highlighted by 2 home runs from David Wright. Up 8-2 after 4, the game looked like a laugher.
But the rain started falling harder, and Vanover was given neither team's pitchers anything. You had a feeling things could tighten up. When Glavine allowed Josh Phelps' single to open the seventh and Scott Schoeneweis came in to relieve him, I had a bad feeling. Schoeneweis got the first two outs, then allowed Glavine's run to score on Jeter's single. He escaped further damage that inning. When Randolph sent him back out for the eighth, however, the fun was just beginning.
I haven't been a big fan of Schoeneweis, but in fairness to him I have to admit the weather had deteriorated dramatically by that point. Obviously, the forecast wasn't hopeful, and they just kept playing through the rain and win. But once again, the sinker ball pitcher was leaving everything up, and got burned for consecutive solo home runs by A-Rod and Posada. With the game now 8-6, Peterson came out to the mound and asked the Mets' $10.5 million investment if he wouldn't mind not giving up any more long balls. Schoeneweis obliged by walking Abreu, bringing the tying run to the plate with still no one out in the eighth.
Willie brought in Pedro Feliciano, who also seemed to be struggling with the worsening conditions. Feliciano retired Cano on a ground out to second, but then gave up a double to Phelps that brought the Yankees to within a run. Feliciano got PH Jason Giambi to ground out for the second out, but then walked Damon to put runners on first and third. Aaron Heilman came in to face Jeter, and induced a ground out to Wright that ended the threat. It was, quite obviously, a huge out.
Joe Torre decided to repay Willie for bringing Schoeneweis into the game by sending Kyle Farnsworth out for the bottom of the eighth. Beltran drew a one-out walk, then Delgado fouled a ball of his shoe that rolled out to second base. Unfortunately, Vanover wasn't paying attention and it was ruled a ground out. With 2 out now and the pitching position due up, the Yankees issued an intentional walk to Wright for the third consecutive time. The strategy backfired when Delgado and Wright worked a double steal and Franco's infield single plated Delgado. Robinson Cano committed his third error of the game by trying to rush a throw from his back to retire Franco. The ball bounced off his foot and into RF, allowing Wright to score an extra insurance run and put the Mets up 4.
Wagner made it interesting by giving up a couple of hits and making an error. Cano came up as the tying run with a run in, 2 on and 1 out. McCarver and Buck were practically cheering for the Yankees at that point, trying to ice Wagner by bringing up last year's melt down. Sadly, they and the rest of Yankees nation were disappointed as Wagner bore down to strike out Cano and Phelps to end the threat.
The Yankees are going through a tough time right now, and not everything is their fault, but decisions to spend a lot of money on Jared Wright, Carl Pavano, Kai Igawa and even Farnsworth are also really haunting them this season. It's looking really ugly now in the Bronx. When Willie Randolph first signed on as Mets manager, I remember Billy Crystal MC'd some Yankees function and made the joke that going from the Yankees to the Mets was like going to bed with Pamela Anderson and waking up with Louie Anderson. I can't help but think that Louie is looking a lot hotter than Pam in 2007.
The Empire State building will be lit up blue and orange tomorrow. I hope it commemorates not just a series win but a sweep.
|Tom Glavine (5-1)|
|TOTAL (10 Games)||60.1||26||23||57||31||20||8||3.43||1.28||8-2|