A rookie who had no part of the Willie Randolph controversy, no part of the Billy Wagner controversy, and had no part of last year’s season-ending collapse, Nick Evans, turned this team around with three doubles in his major league debut. Evans, who was called up from Double-A Binghamton due to shortage of outfielders in the major leagues AND triple-a, made an immediate impact and had a quick RBI double in the first pitch he saw.
Carlos Delgado hit a home run for the third consecutive day, as the Mets easily stomped over the Rockies in game two of this three game series, 9-2. Ramon Castro, who obviously started to give Brian Schneider a rest on a day game after a night game, had three hits, while David Wright contributed with a home run in the second.
Mets Starting pitcher Jason Vargas (1-2) pitched seven innings on three days rest, four days following his five-inning outing in Atlanta.
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It was nearly sealed. Billy Wagner was rolling along with one out in the ninth, when Matt Holliday launched a shocking home run over the wall to tie the game and give Billy Wagner his first earned run given up this season.
Starting pitcher Oliver Perez went five innings, allowing six hits while walking eight and four runs.
On what seemed to be a lazy fly ball to centerfield, a ball hit by Carlos Delgado was calmly announced by SNY announcer Gary Cohen, until the ball never game down. The wind sent it over the wall for Delgado’s seventh home run of the year. People can say what they want about Delgado’s batting average, but he has consistently been hitting home runs when he needs to this season.
The bad news in this game was that Marlon Anderson was running out a routine grounder when he came up hobbling and grabbed the back of his leg in pain. He left with a hamstring injury that I expect will keep him out for a couple months.
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Yet another lead lost. When things seemed like they might be heading in the right direction in the ninth, that direction arrow spun in the opposite direction and the Mets lost before your very eyes. David Wright hit a lead-off single to put a runner on and nobody out. Carlos Beltran RIPPED A LINE DRIVE straight to the second baseman for the first out. But, wait, the ball was hit so hard that they easily gunned it back to first to double off Wright. What a disaster.
Carlos Delgado hit a home run for the Mets, who had a 2-1 lead until the three-run bottom of the seventh for the Braves.
The positive thing in this game, other than Delgado’s home run, was that Johan Santana never gave up a home run like he often does. He still gave up twelve hits, but no homers. He pitched seven innings, allowing three earned runs, four total, with only one strikeout.