Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Heilman errs too much

A swinging bunt off the bat of Bobby Abreu was the difference in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Phillies last night. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, reliever Aaron Heilman charged Abreau's 10-foot tap and promptly threw the ball wide of first base, allowing the winning run to score in walk-off fashion.

The Mets came back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits on 2-run HRs by Xavier Nady (his 8th) in the 8th and Carlos Delgado (his 12th) in the 9th. But with 2 outs in the bottom of the inning, the Phils managed to push across a run to earn their 9th straight victory.

Pedro Martinez went 7 innings, his only blemish the 3 runs the Phillies scored in the 3rd. Duaner Sanchez gave up his first run of the season (in 22 innings) in the 8th and, after Tom "Flash" Gordon blew the save on Delgado's HR, Heilman (0-1) couldn't extend the game to extra innings. It was a tough loss for the Mets (21-11), who've dropped two in a row and now lead the Phillies (18-14) by just 3 games.

Next game: Wednesday, May 10 vs. the Phillies at Citizens Band Park, 7:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Tom Glavine (4-2, 1.94) vs. Cory Lidle (3-3, 4.17)

For more on the Mets: CLICK HERE

* The Red Sox (20-12) took over first place in the AL East, bashing the Yankes (18-12), 14-3 at Yankee Staidum. Josh Beckett (4-1) bested Randy Johnson (5-3), who allowed 7 runs in 3.2 innings. Jason Giambi poked his 11th HR. The series resumes tonight, Mike Messina (5-1, 2.35) vs. Curt Schilling (5-1, 3.02), 7:05 pm start on YES, ESPN & WCBS Radio.
* A leaping Juan Pierre robbed Barry Bonds of his 714th career HR at AT&T Park last night. Bonds went 1 for 4 with a walk in the Giants' 6-1 victory over the Cubs. To read my brother Barry Bloom's coverage: CLICK HERE
* Ex-Met Jae Seo (1-2, 6.00) was roughed up for 6 runs in 3.1 innings in the Dodger's 12-7 win over the Astros.
* The Padres 8-game winning streak ended at home in an 10-inning 5-4 loss to the Brewers. Ex-Mets Mike Piazza (.222, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Mike Cameron (.246, 1, 7) have not been doing much damage for the light-hitting Pads.

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