Mets Game 68: Win Over Twins

Mets 8 Twins 1

Mets outfielder Ricky Ledee watches his homerun against the Minnesota TwinsWow … where did that come from?

For the first time since Halley’s Comet was last seen, the Mets combined great pitching and great hitting to win a baseball game.

John Maine provided the hurling heroics, pitching into the eighth and allowing only four hits, two walks, and one run to earn his seventh win of the season. Maine only needed two runs for the victory, but received eight, as the Mets bats found their stroke against sinkerballer Carlos Silva.

Six starters collected two or more hits as the Mets pounded Silva and the Twins bullpen for 15 hits, three walks, and 7 earned runs. David Wright had a 3-for-5 day, but the big news came from Ricky Ledee, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, a homer, two runs scored, and two RBI. In addition, Carlos Delgado finally woke from his slumber to slam a solo shot and went 2-for-4 — and might have had a third hit had it not been for a fantastic, diving play on a fly ball by Twins leftfielder Jason Kubel. Shawn Green also went 2-for-4, hitting his 14th double of the year. Paul LoDuca, back in his second spot, had a 2-for-5 day with 2 RBI. All in all, it was a fine day for all the Mets’ hitters — heck, even Carlos Beltran hit a double.

Notes

Jose Reyes also went 2-for-4, with a walk, and stole his 38th base of the year.

In our “Inside Look” of the Twins, guest blogger Seth Stohs suggested that Michael Cuddyer would be the hitter the Mets should fear most. Indeed, he had two of the Twins’ five hits on the night (including their only extra-base hit, a double), drove in their only run, and made a great catch in rightfield.

Next Game

Jorge Sosa faces Johan Santana in a 7:10 PM start. The Mets will have the benefit of momentum on their side, and Santana has not been himself lately — so who knows, maybe they can squeeze out another win.

If you are anywhere near Section 20 on the Loge level, look for me and I’ll buy you a beverage. I’ll be wearing a Mr. Met T-shirt.

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. JimmyJ June 18, 2007 at 11:51 pm
    I’m not sure if my eyes were deceiving me, but I thought I saw Carlos “Sore Quads” Beltran tag up and hustle home, to score on a sac fly. All-around good win for the Mets. I enjoyed that win so much, I decided to stay up and watch some more baseball, Angles and Astros. Is there any lead the Astro’s bullpen can’t blow?
  2. sincekindergarten June 19, 2007 at 4:52 am
    The Mets’ sixth was an ESPN “Web Gem” in of itslef, with Cuddyer’s running catch, Castillo’s behind-the-back flip, and Kubel’s catch. Having said that, it was nice to see John Maine get back to being the pitcher we all know he can be.

    BTW, Beltran was out by a hair on that CarGo sac fly. Just a hair. But, I’m glad that the HP umpire missed it. Much less egregious than the blown call at first in the early innings.

  3. joe June 19, 2007 at 8:03 am
    Beltran’s quads are only sore when he’s up at bat. His legs don’t affect him when he’s running / fielding.
  4. archeress June 19, 2007 at 11:04 am
    big daddy delgado finally rethought the billowy pajama pant look and put on
    some actual pro baseball gear. i’ll be he does it again.
    that was some nice relief last night, seeing delgado do what he does best
    (blast out of the stadium, boy did that one take a long time to come down);
    and beltran doing what he does best, those line drives out to the wall,
    and reyes where he belongs: on base.
    finally, sheesh.
  5. joe June 19, 2007 at 11:11 am
    Interesting point on the pants … just the other night my wife was commenting on how well A-Rod looked in a uniform, and that few if any Mets looked good in their uniforms. Perhaps there is something to the old “dress for success” adage after all.
  6. sincekindergarten June 19, 2007 at 4:32 pm
    Delgado will have the socks over his pants tonight–and so will several other Mets.
  7. joe June 19, 2007 at 10:34 pm
    They should have pulled their socks up over their heads