Thursday, June 02, 2005

Dragon Ball "Z"

Elizabeth! This is the big one! I'm coming to join you honey!!!

-Fred Sanford

What else could you possibly say? Eight innings of shutout ball wait, I'm not prepared to say it just yet...the concept sounds so freakin' ridiculous.

Jose Reyes had another his second three hit game in a row to bring his average to .278 (walks, who needs walks?) The first run of the game was Reyes' and Reyes' alone as he singled on a fake bunt, stole second, took third base on a groundout to short as he took off on the throw to first, and scored on Carlos Beltran's grounder. Reyes also had three steals.

The disinterested Mike Piazza (according to ESPN's Buster Olney) drove in what would prove to be the game winner in the 8th, doubling deep to right against Lance "don't call me Rheal" Cormier to score Cliff Floyd to make it 2-0. It was big because Braden Looper gave up an inherited runner in the ninth before getting a key double play (that Kaz Matsui remarkably fielded cleanly), and after a couple of hits, striking out Matt Kata to end the 2-1 win. The middle of the order tonight was better than their putrid Tuesday showing, going four out of eleven and driving in both runs. But still rather scary because if tonight's starting pitcher pitched as normal, that wouldn't have gotten it done. But tonight...

OK, I'm ready...eight shutout innings by Victor Zambrano. To quote Marv Albert "something...that most people...did not think...they would their lifetime." He was economical with his pitches (99 pitches, which included 60 strikes), he only walked three (and gave up 5 hits), and he outpitched Brandon Webb for crying out loud. And Met fans everywhere are having Redd Foxx moments. Angioplasty, anyone?

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