The Mets, after losing the game and series on Thursday to the red hot Phillies, dropped the opening game of the series to the Brewers 9-6. Jose Lima, called up to replace Victor Zambrano, pitched four strong innings before coming unglued in the fifth. The Mets Achilles heel, starting pitching, is starting to ache a bit. Philadelphia, 9-1 in their last ten games, are now just 2 games back
The Tides won 4-3 over Columbus in 11 innings at Harbor Park Friday night. Chase Lambin got a clutch double in the first, and Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run, both notable because of the absence of clutch hitting for the Tides this year.
The B-Mets dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Altoona. Michel Abreu continues to impress, doubling in two runs in the first game and hitting a leadoff homer in the fifth. Will Vazquez (0-1, 8.10) faces Mike Connolly (2-3, 5.82) in today’s action.
The Mets over the Braves in 14. Is that the headline to the game, or the season? The Mets, of course, are striving to end the Braves string of 14 straight division titles. They took a significant step last night when David Wright drove in Carlos Beltran in the 14th inning for an 8-7 victory, overcoming a 4 run deficit in the 7th and a walkoff homerun by the Braves Wilson Betemit in the 11th. Chipper Jones said after the game: "I think we’re all just kind of sitting here in shock, wondering how this keeps happening night after night."
This is exactly how the Mets want the Braves thinking, and why the game was significant. Everything started to go right in the seventh for the Mets. Cliff Floyd, who has been struggling, drove in a run. Atlanta walked X-man to get to Kaz, who ended his bases loaded frustration to tie the game. They got the Mo’.
In Columbus, the cowbells weren’t ringing for the Clippers as the Mets AAA Tides won two straight for only the second time this season, 3-2. It must have been a night for two-fers as Milledge scored again in the first inning and the Tides jumped off to an early 2-0 lead. Looks like Jose Lima may be promoted to the majors to replace the recently promoted John Maine, who was injured in his first start.
In Binghamton there was another extra inning thriller as Michel Abreu drove in the only run of the game in the bottom of the 10th for a 1-0 B-Mets win over New Hampshire. B-Met William Collazo pitched 8 scoreless innings, but still didn’t pick up the win since his counterpart, Ismael Ramirez, held the B-Mets scoreless himself. — Michael Norton