Friday, May 12, 2006


The rain game

The rain gods were not on the Mets side last night, as the Phillies won an abbreviated game due to a 5th-inning downpour that denied the Mets four more chances to tie or win the game 2-0 game. The Mets managed only two hits, both doubles by Kaz Matsui and Ramon Castro. A 1st-inning HR by Chase Utley was all the Phillies needed. The Mets (22-12) now lead the Phillies (19-15) by 3 games.

Next game: Friday, May 12 vs. the Brewers (17-18) at Miller Park, 8:05 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Joes Lima (0-1, 9.00) vs. Dave Bush (2-4, 4.13)

For more on the Mets: CLICK HERE

* The Yankees (19-13) had bad luck as well, losing to the Red Sox (21-13), 5-3, and their ironman leftfielder Hideki Matsui, who broke his wrist sliding for a ball in the 1st inning. The injury will end Matsui's combined consecutive game streak at 1,768 (518 as a Yankee and 1250 in Japan). Matsui is hitting .261 with 5 HR and 19 RBI. Bosox 2B Mark Loretta did most of the damage, with 4 hits, a double and 3 RBI. The Sox are now a game ahead of the Yanks, who host the first-place A's (17-16) this weekend. Chien-Ming Wang (2.1, 4.83) and Barry Zito (2-2, 4.07) face off tonight, 7:05 pm start on YES, ESPN & WCBS Radio.
* Yesterday, Barry Bonds failed to tie Babe Ruth's second-place record of 714 lifetime HRs in the Giants' afternoon game against the Cubs. In the five days since he swatted his 713th HR, Bonds is 1 for 11 with 4 walks (2 IPs) and no RBI. Since notching No. 712 at home against the Padres on May 2, he's 4 for 24 with 8 walks (4 IPs). For the season, Bonds is batting .240, with 5 HRs, 5 doubles, 12 RBI and 17 runs scored. "I want it to end," MGR Felipe Alou said about the HR chase. "The expectations are great, too. There's probably going to be some sort of a letdown after he hits it." The Dodgers arrive at AT&T Park tonight for a 3-game series with a Giants. To read my brother Barry Bloom's Bond story at CLICK HERE
* Ex-Met phenom Scott Kazmir (he was traded for Victor Zambrano!) blanked the Mariners 1-0 on Wednesday night. The Devil Rays' lefty ace is 5-2, tied for 2nd in the AL with 48 Ks and is 6th with a 2.94 ERA.

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