Both the Giants and Mets had troubles of their own today, and they overcame them all.
The Giants defense, who nearly everyone has doubted from the beginning, including me, finally stopped the pass. They have been stopping the run all year just fine, it was just the pass. The Giants gave up a big pass that was reeled in by Antwan Randle El in the Redskins’ final drive that resulted in a first down. The Giants’ great run defense then stopped the ‘Skins during a Kawika Mitchell-led goal-line stand.
The Giants (1-2) were down 17-3 at the half. They hoped for their offense to do something, because that seemed to be the only bright spot that the team had a chance of having in the second half. Instead, the Giants defense stopped the Redskins after each and every touchdown scored by the Giant offense, which scored 21 unanswered points.
Kawika Mitchell, Fred Robbins, and Sam Madison led the Giants defense to victory today, as Eli Manning threw two picks, but Plaxico’s touchdown and Derrick Ward’s hard-fought, all-out effort put the Giants on top.
Big Blue started the game with Plaxico dropping three passes, including a controversial bobble on a dive that the booth eventually overturned and called an incomplete pass. The Ball, though, NEVER did hit the ground; I could easily tell.
The Giants can finally exhale as they improve to 1-2 on the season in a great overall victory. The team will now fly home and prepare for next Sunday’s showdown at Stadium against the division-rival Eagles.
The Mets took the series from the Marlins, 3 to 1 in an odd, but crucial victory. The Mets, oping to gain ground on the Phillies, who lost, were down by a run in the 8th inning when Carlos Delgado launched a 3-run homer, his 2nd in 3 games, giving the Mets the lead. The Mets scored a total of 4 runs in the 8th, giving the Mets a 6-3 lead heading to the bottom of the 8th.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mets bullpen did what it has been doing BEST, which is give up runs and make the game CLOSE AGAIN. The Mets ‘pen gave up 2 runs that inning, giving the Mets only a 1-run lead to work with in the 9th. After not scoring in the top of the 9th, Billy Wagner blew the save immediately with a lead-off home run by Dan Uggla, which knotted the game up and gave the Marlins the advantage. Billy then retired the side and prevented the Mets from another devastating loss.
The Mets then received a much needed solid, scoreless inning from Joe Smith in the 10th. In the 11th, the Mets took a 1-run lead, but everyone in Met nation was scared to death with Aaron Sele coming in to close it…shivers… anyway, he got the first two outs immediately, to the relief of Mets fans, and Schoeneweis came in, because of the matchup, and closed the game with a grounder to Delgado.
GREAT WIN by the Mets as they cut the magic number to win the division down to 5 while increasing their lead in the NL East to 2.5 games. On the other hand, the oldest player in the world with a hitting streak of over 20 games, Moises Alou extended it to 27, breaking the franchise record. His swing just never will slow down. If it wasnt for injuries, he’d play till hes 60.