Mets Game 89: Win Over Phillies
Mets 10 Phillies 9
The Mets had a nice and easy, 10-1 lead as late after the top of the sixth, and we all figured it was a slam-dunk win. However, the fightin’ Phils never gave up (take note, Mets players), and scored eight runs in the last three innings to give every Mets fan a near-coronary.
Pedro Martinez was finally good — both on the mound and at the plate. He mixed up all his pitches, changed speeds, and had excellent command en route to an outing of 5 1/3 innings where he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six. In the batter’s box, he reached base once on an error, scored once, and drove in a run with a base hit.
The rest of the Mets lineup gave Pedro plenty of support, led by non-All-Star David Wright and Endy Chavez. Wright had two hits, four RBI, and scored once, and Endy went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI.
The game was looking like a laugher, to the point that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel removed Chase Utley from the game. That move proved vital, as Utley’s turn in the batting order came up in the ninth with the score 10-7 and Billy Wagner doing his shaky shuffle.
Tony Armas and Aaron Heilman combined to allow five runs in 2 2/3 innings of “relief”, with each hurler allowing a two-run homer. Interestingly, all four outs recorded by Heilman were by strikeout. Wagner came on in the ninth to keep things entertaining, allowing two runs (one unearned) before recording the third out on a fly ball to right field.
Damion Easley and Fernando Tatis stroked three hits apiece, while Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes each collected two.
The game probably shouldn’t have been as close as it was, as a double due to fan interference hit by Ryan Howard was later overruled as a homerun. Who knows, maybe the runs would have scored anyway, but the umpires made a poor call. Jerry Manuel argued the case and was tossed from the game. No doubt the Willie haters will point to the ejection as proof that Manuel is a much better manager, because he stands up for his players. Except, he wasn’t really standing up for anyone in that case.
The Mets walked only twice in the game.
David Wright now has 70 RBI, which should put him tied with Adrian Gonzalez for second behind Ryan Howard’s NL-leading 78.
Speaking of Wright, Carlos Beltran threw him under the bus during the SNY postgame interviews. When asked about his HORRENDOUS and RIDICULOUSLY STUPID throw to 3B during the Phils’ ninth-inning rally, Beltran responded, “well, I felt I made a good throw. David was trying to tag the guy, and the ball went by him.” A reporter (Marty Noble, it sounded like) then said that some people thought it was a bad decision to throw the ball to third (it was). The thin-skinned Beltran then got even more defensive, answering, “well, you’re not a baseball player, that’s why. Well, I mean I felt if he would had caught the ball, the guy wouldn’t got to second.”
You know what? I’m starting to really hate Carlos Beltran again. First of all, take responsibility for your stupidity. Even if Wright did make a mistake (and he probably should have moved away from the bag and toward the throw), it was still an IDIOTIC throw in that situation. Up by two runs, with two outs, trying to throw out a guy you have no chance of throwing out at third base was a terrible, terrible, terrible decision. Terrible. Owe up to your poor decision, Mr. $119M.
Funny, isn’t it, that the Mets two highest-paid players would rather make David Wright a patsy than take responsibility for their actions? Jealous much? This team has bigger problems than we’ll ever know.
Change of subject. During the fourth inning, the SNY crew spoke about their SAT scores and college. Keith Hernandez quipped, “I always did good in English”. Lovely. Hey Keith, how about clicking this link: English Grammar for Dummiesand getting yourself a copy.
The crew also mentioned that Jerry Manuel was reading Reinhold Niebhur. Ho-hum. I remember being forced to read Niebhur while taking theology in college … great material if you’re an insomniac. I think if Willie Randolph wore glasses, left copies of Nietzsche on his desk, and took a long time before answering questions, he might have been viewed as a spiritual intellectual too. Unfortunately, he’d still have a closer blowing leads and a team struggling to get far above .500.
I’m over the Willie firing …. really, I am. However I’m still waiting for everyone else to get over the Manuel hiring.
The Mets return to Shea to open a three-game series against the San Francisco Bondless Giants. Phenom Mike Pelfrey goes against phenom Tim Lincecum.