Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Happy Recap

If you burst out of your recliner at the end of today's game screaming the now-infectious Shea Stadium trademark chant "Jose, Jose Jose Jose, Jose, Jose!" well then nobody could blame you. Though it wasn't for our future Hall of Famer shortstop, it was for our journeyman outfielder-cum-second baseman whose resurgence has been the most notable in sports since George Foreman knocked out Michael Moorer.

Former Flusher Glendon Rusch had walked David Allen Wright to load the bases and get to Jose Valentin, who hit a 1-2 fastball into center to send the kids (there were thousands of them, with a 12:05 p.m. Summer Camp day start) home happy.

But the biggest yeoman's effort for today's matchup was undoubtedly that of John Maine, yes, John Maine, he of the 2.45 ERA, he who pitched 7 innings, the majority of which in the shadow of a Mark Prior no-hitter-in-progress. Maine fanned 7 and gave up only 3 hits in the process.

Dusty "Black people are better at sweating" Baker yanked the fragile Prior around the 100-pitch mark in the 6th, and once it became a battle of the bullpens you knew the Metsies would win, though Aaron Heilman made it scary, as he is wont to do recently, in the top of the 10th.

In short, we needed this win today. Terrible to lose a series at home to the worst team in the league, but getting swept--on the day before a travel day to Atlanta--would have been completely unthinkable. Today we were as against the wall as a team with a 12-game division lead could be, and we pulled it out.

BBPOTS Player of the Game: John Maine

BBPOTS Daps: Jose Valentin

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