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July 23, 2007
  
Daily Mets Recap: July 23rd, 2007
by: David Simons, Howard Megdal and Eric Simon on Jul 23, 2007 9:40 AM | Filed under: Articles

The Game

“Los Angeles ain’t the end of the world, but you sure can see it from here” – Aristophanes

The Mets snuck up on the Dodgers yesterday, coming from behind to steal a 5-4 10-inning win and escape SoCal with a 3-1 series victory. The Met lineup showed up late, scoring all their runs after the fifth inning. Apparently they were still on New York time and expecting a night game.

Because early on it was ALL DODGERS, baby, YEAH!!! Rafael Furcal hit the third pitch of the game into the seats, 1-0 L.A.! You can get this Furcal rookie card in GEM MINT condition for only $150 on eBay!! First ballot Hall-of-Famer Furcal! M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P!

But they were just getting started against poor hapless Old Man Orlando Hernandez. In the fourth inning, the Dodgers just poured it on, Angeleno style. FOX color commentator Luis Gonzalez and James Tony Loney teamed up on a single and a double to double the single-run L.A. lead! Dodgas up two zip! In your face, Noo Yawk!

Meanwhile, southpaw Eric Stultz stunted the Mets, facing the minimum in four of his first five innings. Then he imitated the Chavez Ravine fans, quitting in the sixth. Jose Reyes hit a one-out triple to right; RBI machine Lastings Milledge drilled a double to left to bring him home. With two away, David Wright took a shin-high curve from Rudy Seanez and dunked it into left, tying it up at two. Wright quickly stole second, prompting the Dodgers to intentionally walk Carlos Delgado, who’d faced Seanez four times and homered off him twice. A nameless catcher grounded out to end the threat.

Bottom of the sixth, Hernandez walks Gonzalez on four pitches – three of them strikes, if MLB.com’s Gameday software is to be believed. Cue the get-me-over meatball to slugging third baseman Nomar Garciaparra, who clocked it for a two-run homer to left. Given the outcome of the game, it would be unseemly to complain about the shoddy work of home-plate umpire Andy Fletcher. But unseemly is my middle name, and I hope he’s exposed in a game-fixing scandal somewhere on the spectrum between Pete Rose and Tim Donaghy.

No biggie. The Mets would just have to rally from behind for the second time in an hour – lucky they have the Dodger bullpen to count on. Roberto Hernandez was at it again in the eighth, giving up a leadoff double to Reyes and letting him score on a pair of productive outs. The ninth brought high comedy as Delgado reached on an infield single (really) against Jonathan Broxton. Pinch-runner Anderson Hernandez took second on a wild pitch, took third on a grounder, and scored on a… scored on a… I’m sorry, I can’t even type this without laughing. Shawn Green lofted a fly to short right; Matt Kemp for some reason sprinted back to the warning track before charging the ball, which he declined to catch. Kemp was brought into the game for his defense – you can’t make this stuff up. A.Hern scores, tied at four.

Tenth inning, Milledge lines one to center off D.J. Houlton; Carlos Beltran follows with an opposite-field beaut on a 1-2 pitch, putting two on with one away. One out later, Chip Ambres singles home Milledge with the game winner. Billy Wagner struck out the side in the bottom half for his 21st save. He also let a few runners on for some added excitement, but I won’t dwell on that. That would be unseemly even for me.

 

The Haiku

Stults befuddles Mets
Nomar treats Duque rudely
But Mets Chip away

 

The Boxscore

NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reyes, SS 5 2 3 0 0 0 0 .304
Milledge, LF 5 2 2 1 0 0 2 .205
Beltran, CF 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .263
Wright, 3B 5 0 2 1 0 0 2 .298
Delgado, 1B 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 .251
  1-Hernandez, A, PR 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ambres, RF 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333
Lo Duca, C 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 .265
  Feliciano, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  c-Alomar, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .333
  Wagner, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Green, RF-1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .271
Gotay, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 .336
Hernandez, P 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .212
  a-Anderson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .237
  Heilman, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Castro, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .311
Totals 40 5 11 4 1 8 16  

a-Grounded out for Hernandez in the 7th. b-Struck out for Heilman in the 9th. c-Grounded out for Feliciano in the 10th.
1-Ran for Delgado in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Milledge (2, Stults), Reyes (20, Hernandez).
3B: Reyes (10, Stults).
TB: Reyes 6; Milledge 3; Beltran; Wright 2; Delgado; Ambres; Lo Duca.
RBI: Milledge (8), Wright (60), Beltran (62), Ambres (1).
2-out RBI: Wright; Ambres.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delgado; Lo Duca; Castro; Alomar.
SF: Beltran.
GIDP: Green.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Wright (22, 2nd base off Seanez/Martin).

FIELDING
E: Delgado (5, fielding).

 
LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 .284
Pierre, CF 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 .287
Martin, C 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 .302
Kent, 2B 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 .284
Gonzalez, LF 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 .290
  Kemp, RF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .374
Garciaparra, 3B 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 .278
Loney, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 .361
Ethier, RF-LF 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 .295
Stults, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .200
  Seanez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  a-Betemit, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .242
  Lowe, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
  Hernandez, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Broxton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Saenz, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205
  Houlton, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 37 4 7 4 5 9 15  

a-Walked for Seanez in the 6th. b-Flied out for Broxton in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Loney (7, Hernandez).
HR: Furcal (3, 1st inning off Hernandez, 0 on, 0 out), Garciaparra (4, 6th inning off Hernandez, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Furcal 5; Kent; Gonzalez; Garciaparra 5; Loney 2.
RBI: Furcal (34), Loney (19), Garciaparra 2 (47).
2-out RBI: Loney.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Stults; Furcal; Garciaparra 2.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pierre (41, 2nd base off Wagner/Castro).
CS: Furcal (5, 2nd base by Hernandez/Lo Duca).

FIELDING
E: Kemp (2, fielding).
DP: (Kent-Furcal-Loney).

 
NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez 6.0 7 4 4 3 5 2 3.14
Heilman 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.86
Feliciano (W, 2-1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.11
Wagner (S, 22) 1.0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1.45
 
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Stults 5.1 5 2 2 0 5 0 4.50
Seanez (BS, 1) 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 0 3.52
Lowe (H, 1) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.48
Hernandez (H, 5) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 0 6.52
Broxton (BS, 3) 1.0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2.44
Houlton (L, 0-1) 1.0 3 1 1 0 0 0 4.26

WP: Wagner, Broxton 2.
IBB: Ethier (by Hernandez), Kent (by Wagner), Delgado (by Seanez).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez 109-62, Heilman 19-16, Feliciano 7-6, Wagner 30-16, Stults 80-51, Seanez 18-10, Lowe 10-6, Hernandez 13-9, Broxton 22-17, Houlton 24-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Hernandez 5-7, Heilman 4-2, Feliciano 0-2, Wagner 0-0, Stults 9-2, Seanez 2-0, Lowe 2-0, Hernandez 2-1, Broxton 1-0, Houlton 3-0.
Batters faced: Hernandez 28, Heilman 6, Feliciano 3, Wagner 5, Stults 20, Seanez 4, Lowe 3, Hernandez 4, Broxton 5, Houlton 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Seanez 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Andy Fletcher. 1B: Mike Reilly. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Eric Cooper.
Weather: 82 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 2 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:32.
Att: 49,092.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner

 

The Credits

Recap by David Simons
Haiku by Howard Megdal


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