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June 12, 2005
BASEBALL: One to Win

If you're gonna win a division, at some point, you have to start winning the kind of games the Mets won last night against the Angels. If you missed this one - easy enough to do, given the long rain delay - the highlights included:

*Kris Benson walking with the bases loaded in the 2d

*Carlos Beltran taking away a 2-run homer by Ben Molina with a leaping grab in the 7th.

*Trailing 2-1 against Francisco Rodriguez with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Marlon Anderson hits an inside-the-park pinch hit home run to tie the game. Anderson drilled a sure double to right center; Steve Finley made a dive for it, and Vladimir Guerrero, playing by the book, ran behind Finley to back him up if the ball got past him. But instead of rolling by Finley, the ball ricocheted off his knee into the right field corner, at which point I knew Anderson had an easy triple and a shot at the inside-the-parker, apparently the Mets' first at Shea in 16 years. The play ended with a bruising collision at the plate between Anderson and Molina, opening a couple of gashes on Anderson's face from where he went face-first into Molina's mask.

*Cliff Floyd's walk-off three-run homer, trailing 3-2 with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. Here's the pitch-by-pitch sequence of that marathon tenth inning, in which Floyd managed to stay alive after nasty changeups from Brendan Donnelly put away Beltran and Piazza:

Jose Reyes: Strike (looking), Strike (foul), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, J Reyes singled to shallow left

Mike Cameron: Ball, Strike (looking), Ball, Ball, Strike (swinging), Foul, Ball, M Cameron walked, J Reyes to second

Carlos Beltran: Strike (bunted foul), Ball, Strike (foul), Strike (swinging), C Beltran struck out swinging

Mike Piazza: Strike (swinging), Ball, Ball, Strike (swinging), Strike (swinging), M Piazza struck out swinging

Cliff Floyd: Strike (swinging), Ball, Ball, Strike (foul), Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, J Reyes stole third, C Floyd homered to right, J Reyes and M Cameron scored

(Reyes stole third totally uncontested, if you're wondering if he was crazy to run with two outs. His threats to steal also contributed to Donnelly walking Cameron, including a failed pitchout).

I really hope Floyd can finally stay healthy this year - he's just playing with such tremendous enthusiasm and flair this season, cracking big homers and throwing out baserunners by the bushel.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:54 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Well, it'll be interesting to see what happens when Martinez hits a bit of the wall around the post-all-star break. The last several years he's had to skip a turn or two (or three or four) with some arm tenderness.

Not sure this Mets team can go with him skipping those starts since its clear the NL East will be a toss up. My guess is that whoever wins 88 games will take it. And four missing starts for Pedro could be critical.

And I think the Nats are for real. Can't afford any more injuries and I'm not sold that Patterson can go full season. He's an impressive unknown starter. He'd fit quite nicely in an O's uniform.


Posted by: SteveMG at June 12, 2005 9:08 PM

I wondered why Reyes didn't swipe third base earlier in the count, as the Angels had employed a defensive shift for Floyd, so the "steal" was undefended as much as it was uncontsted.

Posted by: Forbes at June 13, 2005 1:13 PM

As a Royals fan, I really miss Beltran, but at least he's not in the AL.

Posted by: Garth at June 13, 2005 11:47 PM
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