6: Shutout innings from Orlando Hernandez in his first game back from the DL.
Man, that was one ugly W!
It was sure good to see El Duque show up Friday night—and Lo Duca too! (as he went 4 for 5). But the rest of the Mets didn’t show up until the top of the 9th and even then, they tried NOT to score in that frame (at first). Gomez who pinch ran earlier was on 3rd in the top 9th and on a ground ball to SS, he was heading home but the catcher must’ve lost the ball in the moon or something as he let it slip by him (don’t bother looking in the box score for this error at the plate, as the official scorer also did not show up for this game). But the thing is, Gomez just ‘pranced’ around the catcher and sidestepped him on his way to the plate instead of barreling him over. Had Olivo, the Fish catcher, come up with that throw, Gomez woulda been dead. But as it turned out, that run made it 2-1. It almost seemed as if the Fish relievers and the Fish management were more than willing to give the Mets the game in the 9th. Finally the Mets seemed to have said, “Oh, all right, if you guys don’t want it, we’ll take it!” And the Mets scored 5 times to lock up their 30th win of the season.
NOTES: Oh, let’s see, who else didn’t show up last night-Wright by not running out a dribbler along the baseline that eventually went fair … Beltran who fell on his ass on an apparent double by Olivo got up in time to throw it back to keep Olivo at 2nd, then threw it back in like he was in slow motion (figuring that Olivo would stop at 2nd). However, the speedy Fish catcher caught Beltran asleep, put the pedal to the metal, and made it to third safely … For a while it actually looked as if both teams were trying to lose. It was bizarro baseball … Oops, another bad call by the men in blue last night, this time Delgado who appeared safe at 2nd was called out, but the replay showed that he was safe-(what else is new) ... Hold on Mr. Delgado, you don’t get off that easy, because ALSO upon replay it showed you leaving the box with a ‘home run trot’ THEN finally turning on your wheels halfway to first. Had you ran it out completely, you woulda made it safely into 2nd … If the Mets had lost this game, I actually would have been glad, thinking that they would have received a much needed slap in the face to wake their seemingly lackluster asses up from this haze they seem to be in. Thank God for the beefy top o’ the 9th. Let’s just hope this will fuel their desire to finally score some runs.
To LoveEmHateEm (RE: Analysis)
Well done. You hit all the points.
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