Sunday, May 14, 2006
Brew crew takes 2
"It seems like every time I make a mistake, it's a home run," the confounded pitcher said after the game. "It's not a double, it's not a hit, it's not a triple. It's a home run." Martinez has been tagged for 8 round-trippers in 52.2 innings.
Behind 4-2 and 5-4, the Mets tied the game in the 9th on Xavier Nady's RBI infield single. But Brews' SS Bill Hall delivered a walk-off HR in the 10th (off Chad Bradford) to end it.
For the second day in a row, Jose Valentin - starting in place of LF Cliff Floyd and batting in the 8th slot - provided plenty of offense: 4 hits, a double and 2 RBI.
The Mets (23-14) now lead the Phillies (22-15) - who swept the Reds - by 1 game. The streaking Phils have won 13 out of their last 14 games.
Next game: Tuesday, May 16 vs. the Cards (24-14) at Busch Stadium, 8:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Tom Glavine (5-2, 2.19) vs. RH Jeff Suppan (4-2, 4.58)
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AROUND THE HORN
* The Yankees also lost their weekend series, falling to the A's, 6-1. Randy Johnson (5-4), who yielded 2 HRs (7 for the season), took the loss. The Yanks (21-14) open a 4-game series with the Rangers on Monday night at Yankee Stadium, Mike Messina (6-1, 2.56) vs. Kevin Millwood (3-3, 5.13), 7:05 pm start on YES & WCBS radio. The Red Sox (21-14), who were rained out, are in a dead heat with the Yanks.
* The A's picked up ex-Yankee Steve Karsay from the Indians for cash. The 34-year-old reliever coming back from shoulder surgery was buried in Triple A. Karsay attended last year's High Times Stony Awards. Puff, puff, intentional pass...
* More pitching news: Ex-Met Kris Benson upped his Oriole record to 5-3 (4.38 ERA) on Saturday night. The righty traded for Jorge Julio and John Maine in February tossed a 7-inning 4-hitter. "By the end of the season," the Washington Post's Jorge Arangure Jr. contends, "Baltimore may well consider its acquistion of Kris Benson a heist... Benson has turned into the Orioles' best starter." Take that, Omar Minaya...
* Barry Bonds' attempt to tie Babe Ruth's second-best all-time record of 714 HRs has become a real downer. He went 1 for 18 during the Giants' recent homestand and hasn't homered in his last 27 ABs. Bonds resumes the chase on Monday night in Houston.