Jose Valentin had 4 RBI's and Maine pitched 7.2-3 of one-run baseball as the Mets stifled the Rockies 6-1 Monday night.
With the win and the Brave's 8-7 loss to Florida, we are back in 1st place.
The mood in Loge13 was festive as one of our own celebrated a milestone(+1) birthday. To commemorate the occasion, Valentin ripped a 3-run homer in the second to give the Mets an early 3-0 lead.
I have been unkind to the bottom third of the lineup this year, listing Alou, Green and Valentin as "Reasons to medicate" before the 2007 campaign. I am pleased those guys have proven me wrong so far this season. Alou went 3-3 tonight. And Valentin added another RBI with a sac fly in the 4th.
Meanwhile, the home plate ump had it in for Rockie's pitcher Taylor Buchholz. He warned the pitcher for going to the mouth on the mound in the third, then checked the ball a few innings later. The ump also warned him when he hit Delgado in the 5th. Carlos got his revenge when he nailed a 2-run HR in his next at bat.
Even Maine got a base hit.
But not our Wonder Boy, David Wright. He is now 0 for his last 15. Tonight he went 0-3 with a walk. We don't know what was worse: the two horrid looking strikeouts or the deep fly ball to the right field warning track late in the game. Wright's opposite field power is painfully absent this season (really since last July). Loge13 is getting worried.
Lesson for the night from Jose Reyes Spanish school: El pasto es verde (the grass is green).
The crowd around Loge13 was much more pleasant tonight than opening day week. There were probably about 25,000 in attendance. Since it was about 60 degrees warmer at Shea than the last game, we noticed water prices had gone up this year...to $4.25 if you buy from vendors. It does not pay to get thirsty at Shea.
Tuesday night: El Duque.