Cubs 6 Mets 2
If not for one inning, the Mets might have won this game.
John Maine started out the game well, retiring the first six batters he faced. However, the third inning went much differently.
Jacque Jones doubled to lead off the third, and Jason Kendall walked. Ted Lilly then attempted a sacrifice, but Jones was thrown out at third by Carlos Delgado. (That was the most aggressive play I’ve ever seen by Delgado, BTW.) Things were looking really good when Alfonso Soriano followed with a grounder back to Maine, who had plenty of time to turn a double play. However, he bobbled the ball, and was only able to get Soriano out at first. No harm done — there were then two outs and no one scored — but Maine completely lost focus after botching the DP, and proceeded to have a meltdown of epic proportions.
First, Ryan Theriot reached safely on an infield hit to short, scoring Kendall (it was a REALLY close play at first — the replay showed he was probably out, in which case the inning would have ended right then and there). Then Maine walked Derrek Lee to load the bases. He then walked Aramis Ramirez to score Lilly, and hit Cliff Floyd to score Theriot. Mark DeRosa followed with a two-run single, and Jacque Jones singled in another run before Maine was finally replaced by Aaron Sele, who induced a flyout from Kendall to end the inning.
Ted Lilly had great command of his fastball all game, jamming up batters inside as the main part of his strategy. He didn’t walk a batter until the eighth inning, and allowed only two runs on seven hits — both runs the result of Moises Alou solo homers.
In the top of the eighth, with Alou on first and David Wright on second and two out, Damion Easley struck out on a check swing and the ball got away from catcher Jason Kendall. Instead of running, Easley stood there and argued with the home plate umpire. I know, I’m nitpicking as the at-bat meant nothing, but, c’mon Damion — get your butt in gear and head down the line! You never know, maybe Kendall rushes the throw and throws it down the rightfield line and Wright scores. At least do something other than stand there and wait to be tagged.
Lastings Milledge struck out looking twice on ball that were close enough to hack at. I hope he’s not getting two-strike advice from Carlos Beltran.
Tom Glavine takes his second shot at #300, going against Jason Marquis in an 8:05 PM start. The game is carried by ESPN, which means you still have to put the game on “mute” but at least it won’t be the camera crew from “The Blair Witch Project”. That Fox telecast made me seasick. Another benefit: the San Francisco Giants game will be long over, so no “look ins” of Barroid Bonds.