Sunday, May 29, 2005

Hold That Parade

So it winds up being 3 out of 4 from the Marlins with today's 6-3 loss in Miami. I'll certainly take it after the massacre in Atlanta, but after having a 2-1 lead in the seventh there is certainly a bitter taste. The bullpen blew up in the seventh as Heath Bell took the loss and Dae Sung Koo gave up a monster home run to Carlos "Plan A" Delgado to salt it away. David Wright left seven men on base today, including double plays in the fourth and sixth, and striking out with two runners on in the 8th as the tying run.

But lots of good things came out of this series:
  • The Mets starters: Pedro Martinez, Kaz Ishii, and Tom Glavine went inning for inning with the best the Marlins have to offer. I have to say that even after taking three of four, I'm impressed as heck with the Florida Marlins. Brian Moehler is pitching lights out; Dontrelle Willis was impressive in defeat when he didn't have his best stuff, and Josh Beckett is a horse. With his temper (which came out against Kenny Lofton the other night and against Victor Diaz earlier in the season when he felt each was showing them up), I think there will be some Clemens-type moments between himself and the Mets in the future. The Mets rotation matched them zero for zero, and if not for an ill-timed blow up by Heath Bell and Mr. Koo in the seventh, this is a sweep.
  • Mike Piazza: Hopefully, his first RBI since May 9th on Saturday gets him going. He needed it.
  • Doug Mientkiewicz: Two hits in 3 AB's today moved his average up to .216, and there will be no "I suck" quotes today. But is that a good thing? (See "The Doug Mientkiewicz Quotebook" at right.)
  • Jose Reyes: Not one, but TWO walks today. That makes three in the series. I think I'm going to faint.

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