Game 70: Win
Mets 9 Reds 2
It’s always a good sign when Darren Oliver is closing the game for the Mets.
Gee, where to start …
Steve Trachsel had one of his “on” games, pitching a strong six innings and helping himself with a solo homer. He didn’t need to help himself too much, though, as the Mets had a three-run lead from inning one and broke it open in the seventh with an extra four runs against former Met David Weathers.
Paul LoDuca was one of the stars, banging two doubles and driving in three. Jose Reyes, who has been hot lately, jump-started the Mets offense with a leadoff double, which LoDuca followed with another double to drive him in. Carlos Delgado followed two batters later with a two-run homer to right field; I think he used a one-iron (which is pretty impressive, because not even God can hit a one-iron).
As if they needed them, Xavier Nady stroked two bombs in his second day back. Nady resembled a human corkscrew the night before, as Bronson Arroyo fed him a steady diet of breaking balls outside. In this game, he found two pitchers willing to feed him inside pitches, and he showed them how quickly an inside pitch can be deposited over the fence.
The Reds scored two runs, but never really had a chance in this game — and their body language showed it. It was another example of clear dominance by the Mets, and the bulk of their offense came from LoDuca, Nady, and Trax.
Lastings Milledge made some nice plays in the field, and did a wonderful job of going the other way on an outside slider by veteran David Weathers. Granted, Weathers clearly did not have much this particular evening, but Milledge had been trying to pull those pitches the first week he came up. He’s more relaxed lately, and doing better waiting and tracking pitches. Though he had to reach a bit to hit the pitch, he waited well and went to right field with it. Milledge will probably be back in AAA in about a week or so, but he’ll bring with him a wealth of knowledge, an itch to get back, and a short list of issues to work on. When he does come back up, it will be to stay.
Steve Trachsel might be the most miserable Major League Baseball player. Even after hitting his first home run in eight years, he did not crack a smile, and admitted during an in-game interview that he was thinking “don’t get too excited…keep your concentration …” when he was rounding second base. Jeez, it’s a shame when a guy can’t enjoy his job, even when he does something great.
I think Trax’s “song” when he comes up to hit should be Warren Zevon’s “Excitable Boy” …
Tomorrow it’s Alay Soler vs. Joe Mays. With all the hoopla surrounding the World Cup lately, all I can say is … “Ah – LAY, Ah-lay Ah-lay Ah-lay …. aaaah LAYYYYYYY, ah lay ah lay ah lay … “