Saturday, May 07, 2005

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, and welcome to Home Run Derby!

No, Mark Scott was nowhere to be found at Miller Park tonight, and neither was Roy Sievers, Bob Allison, or Dick Stuart. But it was Home Run Derby throwback night in Milwaukee as the Mets won their 6th game in their last seven contests by a score of 7-5.

The first eleven runs of the game were scored via the home run. David Wright led the proceedings with a solo job in the fourth off of Brewers starter Wes Obermueller (his 6th of the season). Carlos Beltran had a two run shot in the fifth to tie the game and another two run shot in the 7th to give the Mets a 5-3 lead (falling short of the $500 bonus of hitting three straight, but giving Beltran 6 HR's this year). Doug Mientkiewicz had the game winner in the eighth off of Juio Santana, a solo shot for his 5th of the year. For the Brewers, Carlos Lee had a three run shot in the fourth off of Pedro Martinez for his fifth, and Lyle Overbay tied the game off of Martinez with a two run homer in the 7th, his 6th of the season.

Pedro Martinez had an interesting game. He only gave up three hits and one walk in seven innings, striking out 11 and hitting one batter. But the Brewers were economical with their homers, and every runner that Martinez allowed came around to score on Lee's and Overbay's HR. Martinez got the win to bring his record to (4-1).

Braden Looper, after appearing in the last three games, rested tonight as Roberto Hernandez came in for his first save of the season. The 40-year-old's ERA is down to a microscopic 1.35 in 13 and 1/3 innings, and it was his 321st career save.

For the Conspiracy theorists: Mike Piazza started at catcher tonight with Martinez on the hill. That makes 3 Piazza starts for Pedro as opposed to 4 starts for Ramon Castro. Certainly it would have been hard for Willie Randolph to justify resting Piazza after three HR's in two days. With tomorrow being a day game after a night game, Castro could start when Tom Glavine takes the hill. If anyone needs a personal catcher...

Curse of the Old Mets: Former Met Ricky Bottalico gave up the final run of the game on a wild pitch which scored Mike Cameron to give the Mets a 7-5 lead.

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