Glen Allen remains in First Place in N.L. East Division
Trip to Visit the Best Team in the N.L. East in the Majors.
On Sunday July 23, I attended a game at Old Shea Stadium with some of my college buddies. (The new stadium footprint is out beyond the left field bleacher seats) It had rained some on Saturday, but the weather cooperated with nice temperatures, overcast to start the game with the sun shining midway through. The pitching matchup was the veteran Roy Oswalt against the rookie Mike Pelfry, which seemed to favor the Astros. In the bottom of the first, Carlos Delgado hit the Banco Popular sign for a three run homer and the stadium was rocking. The rookie retired the first seven with easy before hitting Everett with a pitch (perfect game gone) and Oswalt followed with a single (no hitter gone) then Taveras hit a sacrifice fly. (shut out gone) Mets 3 Astros 1 after 3
In the fourth, Pelfry hit Berkman, Huff singled and Wilson hit a fielderís choice, Berkman out at the plate. Unfortunately. Mike could not work his way out of the fifth; Oswalt hit another single, Taveras doubled and Lamb drove home both runs. Berkman drove home Lamb as he limped into second and had to come out of the game, knocking Pelfry out of the game also. Oliver allowed pinch runner Luke Scott to score on the Preston Wilson single. Astros 5 Mets 3 Pelfry finished with 4.1 IP, 6 hits 5 runs 3 K, 1 BB and 2 HBP. My buddy and I think his locker is too close to Trachselís because once a runner gets on base the pace of the game slows way, way, way down. He did hit 97MPH on the gun several times, but his control still needs work, so I expect he will for back to AAA for some more work. (Sorry Corey, heís not quite ready)
The Mets did get another run off Oswalt before he was pulled in the sixth, but the Astros bullpen did not allow another base hit. The NY pitchers allowed 16 hits, the most of the season and the Mets fielders seem lackadaisical. There were several balls hit to centerfielder Beltran that he was slow to react, Reyes missed a popup in the 7th that was just like the one Everett caught in the 6th, running to leftfield and looking into the sun. This year I have had shoulder trouble so have been relegated to DH or catch for my softball team; we have a revolving door at third base so whenever there are runners on first and second I remind the player to step on third. I thought David Wright would know that so I did not remind him, but he tried for a 5-4-3 double play, but the runner was safe at first and the man on third subsequently score. The most frustrating play was by pitcher Heilman! Taveras was on second, two outs and a ground ball back to him, he jogged to first, but Burke hustled all the way, beating the lethargic pitcher as Taveras raced around to score the Astros 7th run. The crowd booed the pitcher as he was removed from the game and the next day I heard him apologize in an interview for his mistake. That was something we learned back in little league! Honestly, my softball team could have beaten the Mets today. I traveled 400 miles one way to see my team and they disappointed me with their lack of effort in making the little plays. I know they have a large lead in the division, but to bring home another championship they have to do better than this game that I witnessed.
Letís Go Mets!!!!!!!!!!!!