Mets Game 73: Win Over Athletics
What a difference a weekend makes.
Less than 100 hours after we were ready to press the panic button, the New York Mets have righted the ship and swept the Oakland Athletics out of Shea Stadium.
John Maine was nearly spectacular, giving the Mets seven strong innings, allowing just five hits, two runs, and no walks, striking out six. In addition to his mound performance, Maine helped himself on offense by adding a sacfirice fly and a sacrifice bunt.
However, Maine didn’t need to use the bat — he had plenty of offensive support. The Mets scored early and often, crossing the plate in every inning but the sixth and seventh.
Jose Reyes started the carousel of runners rounding bases with a leadoff double and scored when Jack Cust threw the ball away. Maine’s sac fly an inning later put the Mets up by two, and a Damion Easley double scored David Wright and Paul LoDuca to go up by four. In the fourth, Carlos Gomez reached first on a bunt single, was sacrificed by Maine to second, then scored the fifth unanswered Mets run on a single by Reyes.
The A’s finally broke through with a solo homer by Cust in the fifth, and scored again in the sixth when Eric Chavez singled in Mark Kotsay. However, that was all the scoring they’d do on the day — unlike the Mets.
After taking two innings off, the Mets offense struck again in the seventh when Jose Valentin slugged a three-run homer. Carlos Beltran smacked a two-run single in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Guillermo Mota had a long but effective outing, striking out two, walking one, but allowing no hits or runs in a 20-pitch eighth.
Manager Willie Randolph felt bad for the A’s, and brought in Scott Schoeneweis in the ninth as a peace offering. However, the Athletics were too down emotionally to take advantage of the gimme, and went down 1-2-3.
Jose Reyes, Jose Valentin, and Carlos Gomez all went 3-for-4.
The Mets drew four walks. Nice.
Randolph sat Ruben Gotay to preserve his .302 average. Gotay will start again in July sometime.
The Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals at Shea on Monday night at 7:10 PM.