The only problem that faced Mets pitcher John Maine tonight against the Indians was a first inning home run that was launched to left-center by Jason Michaels, a former Phillies outfielder. Maine went 5 2/3 innings, striking out seven
As for the rest of the Mets pitchers, Joe Smith seemed at least halfway decent finally. He only threw to one batter and struck him out, but at least he didn’t get himself into trouble and showed small flashes of last year’s first half success.
Lefty Scott Schoeneweis gave up two hits in an inning of relief, recording one strikeout.
Aaron Heilman did his usual eighth inning duties, allowing three hits but struck out the rest.
Finally, Billy Wagner closed it out, throwing heat with his new wind-up routine.
Now that I told you about the Mets pitchers, describing the Indians pitchers won’t quite take so long.. Only two of them pitched, Aaron Laffey and Jeremy Sowers, each giving up at least three hits apiece.
At the plate, Raul Casanova filled in for Brian Schneider, who was supposed to return but decided to wait another day. He did a nice job with his 2-out, 2-RBI hit, going 2-3 on the night.
Other than Damion Easley and Fernando Martinez picking up doubles, not much else happened at the plate. Everyone else who got a hit only had one hit.
Tomorrow, the Mets and SNY will be back at Tradition Field for another 7:10 PM game, this time against the Baltimore Orioles.