Mets Game 121: Win Over Nationals
Mets 6 Nationals 2
Finally, Willie Randolph ignored the illogical 100-pitch count with Tom Glavine on the mound. Too bad it took a string of bullpen meltdowns to make it happen.
Glavine threw 7 innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits, one walk, and striking out six. He probably could have gone out for an eighth, as he pitched a very strong seventh and showed no signs of slowing down. Nice to see.
While Glavine was setting them down, the Mets offense was putting up runs — from a variety of sources. For example, Mike DiFelice drove in three runs from the eighth spot, with an unlikely two-run triple and a sacrifice fly. Damion Easley also had a good day, scoring two runs and blasting a solo homer. Moises Alou also homered, continuing with his scorching hot bat. In fact, every Met in the lineup except for the pitcher and Luis Castillo either scored a run or drove one in — and though Castillo didn’t produce any runs, he did have two hits. It was a productive day from top to bottom.
Jorge Sosa finally had a poor outing in relief, but picked a good game to have it. He was relieved by Pedro Feliciano, who put up zeroes over an inning and two-thirds to finish the game — expending only 15 pitches in the process.
Jose Reyes had two stolen bases, and now has 62 on the season. He might break Roger Cedeno’s team record of 66 by the end of the weekend.
Both Carlos Delgado and Lastings Milledge were out of the lineup for the second straight day. Delgado is still nursing a hyperextended knee, and was wearing a sleevelike device on his leg to keep it immobile. According to Willie Randolph, he was available if necessary to pinch hit. Milledge continues to suffer from flu-like symptoms. No one has any hard evidence that Shawn Green slipped an isolated virus into Milledge’s morning orange juice.
Oliver Perez starts against Long Beach, NY native and Siena alum John Lannan in another 7:05 PM start on Saturday night.