Friday, May 5, 2006
That was the word my brother used to describe the Mets game we were watching. I watched the first inning in the kitchen at work, and then the CBS Sportsline GameCenter from my computer through about the 6th inning before I left for home, the Mets losing 4-2. On the drive home, I listened to the game on my XM Radio in my car, to hear the Braves score another two runs in the 7th and take a four run lead.
I got home and started watching the game on TV in the bottom of the 7th, thanks to the MLB Extra Innings cable package. I could have watched it on TBS, but MLBEI had the SportsNet NY Broadcast so I got to listen to Gary Cohen and Keith Hernandez. The bottom of the 7th was good, but could have been better. It started out with a single from Reyes, and then a double from Lo Duca. Beltran reached on a Renteria error, scoring Reyes. Three more singles and an intentional walk later, the Mets had tied the score. Unfortunately, the ageless wonder Julio Franco grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Mets had several chances to score runs over the next three innings, including Reyes with a leadoff triple in the 8th, but couldn’t convert. Billy Wagner pitched a scoreless tenth, but gave up a solo homer to Wilson Betemit in the 11th, and allowed two more baserunners before finally finishing the inning. Cliff Floyd, hitting .185, reposnded with a moster shot on the second pitch in the bottom of the 11th. Sadly, that was all they would get in that inning, but it was enough to keep the game going.
I think somewhere in the 12th I realized I should have been live-blogging the game since I started watching on TV. I wish I had. The machine, Duaner Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings, and Jorge Julio managed a scary 14th to keep the score tied at 7. The Mets had a runner on base in every inning, but couldn’t bring them home. Finally, in the bottom of the 14th, Beltran reached on a one out walk. After Delgado popped out and Beltran took second on a passed ball, David Wright hit a ground rule double off of Jorge Sosa (scheduled to start for the Braves on Sunday) to drive in the winning run.
The game ended a minute before midnight, eastern time, running four hours and forty seven minutes. They go at it again tomorrow (today?) at 1:10 eastern.
20-9. 11 games over .500. 5 games ahead of second place Philadelphia. Things are looking good for now.