Friday, April 07, 2006


Mets swat Nats

Recovering from Wednesday night's blown-save meltdown, the Mets pummeled the Nationals with a 15-hit, 2-HR attack in a wild 10-5 win on Thursday. Wild, literally, as 5 batters were hit by pitches (4 Nats - Jose Guillan and Nick Johnson twice each). Mets starter Pedro Martinez walked 5, hit 3 and allowed 5 runs (3 on a HR by Johnson) in 6 innings of work, and still got the win. That's because this version of the Mets can score some runs. Like the night before, they squandered an early lead, but this time the Mets came roaring back.

Carlos Delgado showed off his power for the second consecutive night with a laser shot to right, giving the Mets the lead for good in the 5th. Oft-booed Carlos Beltran exploded for 4 RBI and belted a big 2-run HR in the 7th. Jose Reyes and David Wright each had three hits. When Nats reliever Felix Rodriguez plunked Paul Lo Duca in the back in the 8th, both he and Nats manager Frank Robinson were ejected. The Nats had a right to be sore. When Martinez nailed Guillan in the 5th, Guillan pointed his bat at Pedro and had to be restrained. He was also hit the day before by Brian Bannister. That made three times in two games.

Bruised and battered, the Nats limped away from Shea, losers of two out of three. If it wasn't for Billy Wagner, the Mets would've swept the series.

Next game: Friday, April 7 @ Shea, 7:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Steve Trachsel vs. Jason Vargas

For more on the Mets: CLICK HERE

* Jimmy Rollins' consecutive-game hitting streak ended at 38 yesterday vs. the Cards.
* Dwight Gooden was sentenced to a year in jail for violating his probation. Doc's sad saga continues.
* Barry Bonds went 0-for-2 vs. the Braves - he's still HR-less in 2006. To read the game report by my brother Barry Bloom: CLICK HERE

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