Game 52: Win over Giants

Mets 4 Giants 2

Barry Bonds pops out against Orlando HernandezOrlando Hernandez had some first-inning issues, giving up a leadoff single, a triple, and a sac fly to give the Giants a quick two-run lead. However, the Mets matched that output in the bottom of the inning, then added another two in the second to give El Duque a lead and a cushion. From there, Hernandez went into cruise control, mowing down the Giants with ease.

El Duque finished seven full innings, allowing just two hits, two runs, one walk, and struck out three, using 95 pitches in the process. Mighty Joe Smith pitched a perfect eighth (13 pitches, 10 for strikes), and Billy Wagner spun another 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game and earn his 13th save.

All the action of the game occurred in the first two innings. After the Giants jumped out to the two-zip advantage, Jose Reyes (who else?) began the response with a leadoff walk, steal of second, was advanced to third on a grounder, then scored on an infield single by Carlos Beltran. Two batters later, Beltran was chased home on a double by David Wright to tie up the game.

In the second inning, Damion Easley led off with a double, Ben Johnson walked, both were pushed ahead another base by an El Duque bunt, and Jose Reyes drove home Easley with the go-ahead run — the result of a finely fought at-bat. Reyes was caught stealing on the next pitch for the second out, but Endy Chavez dumped a bunt down the third base line that scored Johnson for the insurance run.


Jose Reyes is getting back to watching the ball longer, and as a result having better at-bats. His at-bat in the second inning was particularly good, as he worked the count full, then took a defensive swing on a pitcher’s pitch on the low outside corner of the plate, and poked the ball into leftfield to drive in the go-ahead run.

In the first, Carlos Delgado hit a bomb to dead center that would have been a homer had the wind not knocked it down. He’s seeing the ball fairly well now and taking good, healthy cuts. That’s bad news for National League pitchers, good news for the Mets (and my fantasy team).

Jose Reyes and Carlos Gomez celebrate the Mets win over the GiantsCarlos Beltran injured himself in a collision with first baseman Rich Aurilia in the first. Beltran eventually scored on the double by D-Wright, but was replaced the next inning by Carlos Gomez.

Gomez is incredibly aggressive, and will need to become more selective if he wants to stay up in the bigs.

Ben Johnson got his first start since being acquired by the Mets. He had a sharp basehit to center in the fourth and walked, going 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Next Game

The Arizona Diamondbacks come to town, sending Brandon Webb to the hill against John Maine in a battle of sinkerballers. Game time is 7:10 PM. I’ll be in the Loge, Section 20, if you want to stop by for some free peanuts.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten June 1, 2007 at 4:49 am
    Endy’s second bunt for an RBI this year. Though, Carlos Beltran getting injured is not a good thing, at all. We may see Ricky Ledee back with the Mets. Also, I saw this name mentioned, that we may see soon in New Orleans–Caleb Stewart. Apparently, he’s doing well in Binghamton, and getting noticed.

    Someone has to put the reins on Carlos Gomez’ swing.

  2. archeress June 1, 2007 at 7:45 am
    When are they going to school Gomez in batting? He needs some mentoring there. Lot of speed in the outfield last night, which is good, but it’s odd to see Endy there as the “veteran”. Glavine must be a little annoyed that they seem to shut off their bats when he pitches? I’ve got to get to Shea this year. Expensive beers notwithstanding.
  3. joe June 1, 2007 at 10:20 am
    What is up with all the outfield injuries? Milledge, Ben Johnson, Alou, Green, Gomez for a moment, and now Beltran …. kind of freaky. I’d much rather see Chip Ambres or Stewart up, before Ledee … I also wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mets sign someone like Craig Wilson to a AAA contract.

    Suddenly the idea of Ruben Sierra doesn’t seem as crazy as it did in March.

    Archeress — good question — when IS someone going to grab Gomez by the collar and let him know you can take a pitch once in a while.

  4. sincekindergarten June 1, 2007 at 3:55 pm
    Again, Joe, you’ll notice that I said, “Someone has to put the reins on Carlos Gomez’ swing.”

    Makes me whimsical for Lastings Milledge. I would also want to see either Chip Ambres or Caleb Stewart up before Ledee, but you know that we’ll see the #9 in the outfield before long. Ambres and Stewart need seasoning. Hell, Gomez needs seasoning.

  5. joe June 1, 2007 at 4:10 pm
    Lastings is really blowing his chance to right the ship … but then, it’s not his fault he’s injured.

    I don’t know anything about Stewart, but Ambres doesn’t need any seasoning — he was the starting CF for KC two years ago. He just needs a second chance.

  6. sincekindergarten June 1, 2007 at 5:45 pm
    Okay, then . . . bring Ambres up! I was reading that Lastings got the boot off of his foot a few days ago, and is doing some light running. But, he’s a few weeks away from playing again.