Thursday, April 13, 2006
Pinch me: Mets are 6-1!
On Wednesday at RFK Stadium, the Mets (6-1) disposed of the Nationals once again, 3-1, behind a near picture-perfect performance by staff ace Pedro Martinez, now 2-0. His control was terrific, with great movement and location on his pitches. Over 7 innings, Martinez allowed just 3 hits, one a HR by Jose Vidro. Meanwhile, the offense continued to hum, with team stat leader 3B David Wright opening the scoring with a triple (Cliff Floyd drove him home). The Carloses - Beltan and Delgado - knocked in the other runs. In the field, the Mets were marvelous. Beltran caught everything in CF, diving once to help out Martinez. With the bases loaded in the 6th, Jose Reyes and Anderson Hernandez turned a nifty DP. And Billy Wagner pitched better, earning his 2nd save.
Stats: Wright continues to dominate: he leads the team in BA (.444), hits (12), RBI (10), total bases (24) and slugging percentage (.889); Beltran has 10 runs, 8 RBI and his BA is up to .292.
Next game: Thursday, April 13 @ RFK Stadium, 1:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Victor Zambrano (0-0) vs. Livan Hernandes (1-1)
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AROUND THE HORN
* The Yankees (4-4) won their 3rd straight, 12-5 over the Royals; Gary Sheffield had a 3-run HR and Shawn Chacon got the win; with the Red Sox (6-2) losing, the Yanks are now 2 games back.
* The Mets' next 2 opponents, the Brewers (5-3) and Braves (4-5), both lost.
* Ex-Met catcher Mike Piazza is off to his usual slow start. He has 1 HR, 3 RBI and is batting .261. His replacement, Paul Lo Duca, has no HRs, 2 RBI and is batting .296.