Mets Game 37: Win Over Nationals
Mets 6 Nationals 3
John Maine had another stellar outing, going six innings and allowing only two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk, while striking out five, in leading the Mets to their 20th win of the season
Maine, however, left the game with the score tied, and the Mets managed to go up 4-2 to make him eligible for the win. At that point, it was up to the bullpen to preserve Maine’s fifth win.
Newly activated Matt Wise gave up a run in the seventh, and Duaner Sanchez held the Nats scoreless in the eighth despite getting in a bit of a jam.
The Mets added two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, combining aggressive baserunning with sloppy play by Lastings Milledge.
Billy Wagner came on in the ninth to preserve the victory.
First-half MVP Ryan Church went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI to lead the offense. He hit his eighth homer and seventh double on the year. Even his outs are hit hard.
Fellow former Nat Brian Schneider also took it to his former team, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Both players are hitting over .320 on the season, while Lastings Milledge is languishing around .245. It’s still early though.
David Wright and Moises Alou had two hits apiece, with Wright slamming his 13th double.
Carlos Delgado had one hit, a bunt single in the second against the shift. Let’s see more of that Carlos, and force teams to play you straight up, eh?
Nice to see John Maine hit Felipe Lopez to start the game. About time someone on the Mets’ pitching staff takes charge to establish that the Mets are not to be messed with, and who is boss. Also like to see that nasty streak in Maine eek out every once in a while … it can’t hurt to have hitters worrying about getting him mad.
Just-promoted Claudio Vargas goes to the hill against the unknown pitcher in a 7:10 PM start. The contest will be carried on SNY, WFAN, and XM 185.