A wild pitch two minutes before midnight completed the first sweep of the season for the New York Mets, sending home the die-hard fans who stayed for all 14 innings.
Nelson Figueroa was the first of seven pitchers to throw for the Mets yesterday, going seven innings and only giving up two runs while striking out seven in the no-decision.
The bullpen behind Figueroa was amazing. Six more pitchers went on to pitch, while three went more than an inning. Jorge Sosa finished the job for the Mets, who only had one more pitcher remaining in the bullpen, Scott Schoeneweis. Because Schoeneweis sucks at home, I’m guessing that is the reason why the bullpen never gave up any runs. He never pitched!
Jose Reyes, who has been red-hot since he returned from the hamstring scare, had two hits. At the plate, the Mets didn’t do as well as I had hoped. It was obvious that they didn’t do their best, because Reyes was the only one that had two hits. Church and Delgado had RBI’s, but other than that, it was nothing more than a batting-average killing night for the rest of the team.
Delgado’s hit was perfect. He hit it with two outs against the shift, but right between the second baseman and the right fielder, allowing the Mets to tie the game. Luis Castillo, who has had problems with his knee since last season, stole second last night and his knee looked fine. He must have really sucked up the pain. Let’s hope Johan Santana can go at least seven innings tonight because the bullpen had their work cut out for them last night.
As for the Nationals, C Paul Lo Duca never was able to play in the series because he was unable to grip the bat well enough to hit in a game. I saw Lastings Milledge do a little chatting with the fans while on deck late in the game, but when he was up to bat, a first-pitch ball by Joe Smith caused Milledge to shake his head in confusion. Milledge acted like he had no idea what the Mets were doing by letting Smith pitch to Milledge, but Milledge ended up grounding out anyway.
A wild pitch by Joel Hanrahan sent Easley to second base, as the catcher Wil Nieves, who was called up the day before the game, couldn’t get a handle on the ball and throw out Easley. Easley then advanced to third and then scored on another wild pitch, winning the game.
In the middle of the 14th inning, SNY did not go to commercial because they wanted everyone to see the 14th inning stretch! I love that.
Get this: The Nationals had to fly to Miami, Florida after the game. I know the Mets fly out two hours after the game when they are traveling, and I’m guessing the Nationals have the same policy. What does that mean? The Nats’ team plane likely left around 2 a.m. and arrived in Miami at about 4 a.m. I’m thinking nobody was awake on that plane ride.
As for the Mets, they had to travel to Philadelphia after the game, where they will begin a three-game series with the Phillies. They’ll be sending Johan Santana (1-2) to the mound to face Cole Hamels (2-1).