Saturday, May 06, 2006


The Wright Stuff

Sixteen days ago, David Wright cost the Mets a game against the Braves with three errors. On Friday night, Wright redeemed himself as the Mets edged the Braves, 8-7, in a 14-inning thriller.

Steve Trachsel's second straight poor start (9 hits in 6 innings) let the Braves grab a 4-2 lead. They added 2 more against Chad Bradford, but the Mets chipped away and tied the game with 4 runs in the 7th. In the 11th, Billy Wagner was tagged for a pinch-hit HR by Wilson Betenmit. Cliff Floyd kept the Mets alive with a HR of his own (his 3rd) in the bottom of the frame. Three innings later, just a minute before midnight, Wright launched a walk-off ground-rule double against Jorge Sosa to end the nearly 5-hour marathon.

More Mets highlights:
* Jose Reyes went 5 for 7 with a walk, upping his BA to .268.
* Beltran HR-ed (his 6th) in the 1st and scored 3 runs.
* Wright had 3 hits (increasing his BA to .315), 2 RBI (20 and 21) and made several nifty plays at 3B.
* Jorge Julio, who got his first win as a Met, struck out Anduw Jones in the 14th.
* With two more scoreless innings, Duaner Sanchez extended his streak to 21.

The red-hot Phillies (15-14) made it 6 in a row, beating the Giants, 8-3. They kept pace with Mets (20-9), while the Braves (12-17) fell 8 games behind.

Next game: Saturday, May 6 vs. the Braves at Shea, 1:10 pm start on SNY & WFAN, Victor Zambrano (1-2, 7.20) vs. Tim Hudson (2-2, 4.54)

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* The Yankees (16-11) won by the identical score as the Mets, 8-7. Mike Messina (5-1) was sharp through 7 innings, but the Yanks' bullpen almost blew the game; they needed a 4-out save from Mariano Rivera to nail down the victory against the Rangers (17-13). The Yankees resume the series in Texas on Saturday night, Shawn Chacon (3-1) vs. Kameron Low (1-2). Meanwhile, in Boston, the Red Sox (17-12) knocked off the Orioles, 6-3, and in Toronto, the Blue Jays (15-13) routed the Angels, 13-3.
* Barry Bonds went 0 for 3 in the Giants' loss to the Phillies; he remains stuck at 712 HRs, 2 away from tying Babe Ruth.
* Speaking of HRs, MLB leader Albert Pujols stroked his 16th vs. the Marlins; Carlos Lee and Jim Thome are tied for 2nd-place with 12, and Delgado and 6 others hold down 3rd-place with 11 each.

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