By Mike Steffanos
Mets 9 - A's 1
Played Friday, June 22, 2007
For only the fifth time in fifteen tries in June, the Mets managed to walk off the field with a win last night. For Tom Glavine, it was the sixth time that was the charm in finally achieving career win number 296. Although he had some rough stretches early in the game, Glavine pitched into the ninth inning and contributed offensively as well with 2 hits, a run scored and a pair of ribbies. He benefited from a generous strike zone and from facing a team that probably was a little too willing to take the first pitch he threw, but he also threw strikes and was effective pitching inside. The game was a step in the right direction for the veteran lefty.
|Tom Glavine (Last 5 Starts)|
|Season (16 Games)||96.2||50||47||104||48||32||13||4.38||1.41||9-7|
Offensively the club showed many hopeful signs of life playing both small ball and with home runs from Beltran and Shawn Green. Carlos Delgado had a pair of sharp singles and Reyes had a pair of hits and scored the first run.
On the defensive side, Carlos Gomez had a strong throw in nailing Nick Swisher at third to end the first, aided by a great diving tag from Wright. The turning point of the game came in the fourth on a great play by Reyes. With the Mets clinging to a 2-1 lead, the A's had runners on first and second with 2 outs and Bobby Crosby at the plate. Crosby smashes a ball to Reyes' right that he made a fine diving stop on, and then proceeded to start the inning-ending double play from a seated position. Glavine really settled down after that, and the Mets eventually pulled away.
After the game, I was talking with my mom. She asked me if I thought this was the game that would right the ship. I laughed and admitted I had no clue. Just as a good game or two doesn't mean Delgado is out of his slump, the same has to be said about the Mets at this point. I felt really good about them after this one, better than I have felt since I have before the free fall began. I guess that's why I laughed. Still, I have no real clue into the mindset of this Mets team. Certainly this was a game to build on. Let's hope they do just that.