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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-24-2007, 11:59 PM
 
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Mets get first home sweep of 2007

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Mets sweep A's on power and speed
06/24/2007 7:15 PM ET
By Marty Noble / MLB.com

NEW YORK -- Some referred to it as a sweep. Others used pluralized phrasing; the Mets had won three games -- and in succession, no less, they said. No matter how they cut or phrased it on Sunday afternoon, the Mets left Shea Stadium with three more victories and no more losses than they had when they showed up for work on Friday. Here on the very turf the New York Jets used to defend, the Mets had hung a three-and-out on the enemy.
But what was it otherwise? How else could the Mets' final foray in Interleague competition this season be identified? That was the question. Did their 9-1, 1-0 and 10-2 victories over the A's constitute a correction in the Wall Street sense, or were the preceding 18 games, 14 of them losses, the correction?

Which was the aberration -- sweeping the A's or losing six straight series?

It wasn't merely an exercise in semantics for a team that, in spite of itself, still leads the National League East. It is one of the look-in-the-mirror challenges that Dallas Green used to encourage. Which are they -- the team that sprinted to a 34-18 record in the season's first two months or the team that repeatedly stubbed its toe in June until the A's came to town?

After careful consideration, Shawn Green determined that the sweep, completed with the 10-2 trashing on Sunday, was the correction.

"It has to be," he said. "Whatever feels normal, and on this team, winning feels normal. ... It never felt normal in all that time ... the three weeks. It just felt hard to win, kind of Twilight Zone-ish."

It was Green who, after the Mets had crushed the Twins on Monday night, sensed, "We're back on track." His assessment proved a tad premature. But the Mets' performance against the A's suggested -- it didn't prove it -- that what had been achieved was a restoration of normalcy.

"I hope that's what it is," Green said.

Aaron Heilman's clubhouse nickname is "Wall Street." So he should know a correction when he sees one. Heilman stood by his locker after the game, wearing a defiant Monty Python T-shirt with the inscription, "I'm not dead yet," and applied it to his team. Moreover, he said, it wasn't merely a correction. "A bullish trend on the horizon" was his forecast.

All this optimism from one weekend?

"We can play. ... We should play like this," Heilman said.

The A's hadn't been much of a challenge, truth be told. They scored three runs and allowed 20 in the series. Not until the fifth inning on Sunday did they have hits in successive at-bats. Then again, the Phillies had lost five of seven before they swept the Mets at Shea and put the June swoon in second gear.

"It's more about us than about who we're playing," third baseman David Wright said. "If we're playing like we can, we'll be a tough opponent for anyone. We hadn't been. Now, it looks like we are again."

The evidence provided on Sunday was rather compelling. With John Maine winning and their unusual lineup -- Green at first base, Damion Easley in right field -- amassing 14 hits, three each by Jose Valentin and Carlos Gomez, the Mets produced their fourth sweep of a three-game series this season, the first at Shea. They hadn't won three successive games, regardless of the site, since May 26-29.



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The Mets emerged from the American League portion of their schedule with an 8-8 record, not that they were all that concerned with how they fared against that league.

Maine pitched seven innings and gained his second straight victory, allowing five hits, including a solo home run by Jack Cust. He walked none for the third time in five starts and struck out six. His eight victories, in 12 decisions, lead the Mets. His record and ERA (2.87 ERA), catcher Paul Lo Duca said, make him a worthy candidate for the NL All-Star team.

Maine even contributed to the mashing, the most runs the Mets had scored in 31 games, with a sacrifice fly, the first by a Mets pitcher in four years, that produced the first RBI of his career.

"I like that feeling," he said. "I wouldn't mind getting some more."

Valentin scored twice and drove in three runs, all coming in the seventh inning,when he hit his third home run, the Mets' eighth three-run home run of the season. He hit it against left-handed reliever Jay Marshall after going 89 at-bats without a home run against a left-handed pitcher.

"I get my one every year," Valentin said.

The RBIs were Valentin's first since he ended his stint on the disabled list on June 7. Valentin played second base, and Easley, the understudy at second base, played right field and contributed a two-run double.

Gomez provided two singles and a double and more proof that he can help a big-league team, even at age 21. He's batting .277 -- .364 in his last 33 at-bats.

"I don't want to go back to Triple-A," Gomez said. It's his mantra. The .364 mark, his speed and his brilliant defense say it more convincingly.

And, first but not least, there was Jose Reyes, who also seems to have finished his aberrational period. He had three hits, scored twice, drove in a run and, as he does best, turned over the Mets' motor in his first turn of the key. On the 28th anniversary of Rickey Henderson's big-league debut, Reyes produced a Rickey Run, loosely defined by the man who created it as "One of them runs when no else does nothing -- just me."

Reyes hit the fifth pitch thrown by losing pitcher Joe Kennedy softly down the right-field and took off. He slid into second base, but when Cust made an errant throw to the general vicinity of second base, Reyes fired the second-stage rockets. The ball rolled into foul territory behind third base and Reyes scored, disregarding Lo Duca's slide signal.

"Too tired," Reyes said. "I've never been so tired running the bases. When I had to slide, it was tough to get started again."

The words might have applied as well to the Mets' three-week slide and how difficult it was for them to get up and get going again. Perhaps that's why third-base coach Sandy Alomar explained Reyes' run in these terms. "We had to win any way we could. He was tired, but someone had to pay the price."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Looking to get back on track the mets sweep Oakland with a big victory on Sunday.




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Oakland 0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0  0    2 5 1 
NY Mets 1  1  2  1  0  0  3  2  X    10 14 0 
 
 
Standings thru 6/24/07  |  Wrap  |  Gameday  
 
 Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Stewart, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .273 
Kotsay, CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .244 
Swisher, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .284 
Chavez, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 2 0 .243 
Ellis, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .265 
Cust, RF 4 1 1 1 0 2 1 .268 
Crosby, SS 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .238 
Kendall, C 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .216 
Kennedy, P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 
  a-Johnson, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243 
  Lewis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  Marshall, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  b-Melillo, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 
  Flores, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 32 2 5 2 1 9 9   

a-Lined out for Kennedy in the 5th. b-Walked for Marshall in the 8th.  

BATTING
2B: Crosby (13, Maine), Kotsay (7, Maine).
HR: Cust (11, 5th inning off Maine, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Kotsay 2; Chavez; Ellis; Cust 4; Crosby 2.
RBI: Cust (28), Chavez (36).
2-out RBI: Chavez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson; Ellis.
Team LOB: 4.

BASERUNNING
SB: Chavez (4, 2nd base off Maine/Lo Duca).

FIELDING
E: Cust (1, throw).

 
   NY Mets AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG 
Reyes, SS 4 2 3 1 1 0 1 .323 
Lo Duca, C 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 .287 
  b-Castro, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .254 
Beltran, CF 4 1 1 2 1 0 1 .276 
Wright, 3B 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 .289 
Easley, RF 5 0 1 2 0 1 3 .252 
Green, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .291 
Valentin, 2B 4 2 3 3 0 0 1 .287 
Gomez, LF 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .277 
Maine, P 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .125 
  Mota, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
  a-Franco, PH 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .196 
  Schoeneweis, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 
Totals 34 10 14 9 4 3 15   

a-Walked for Mota in the 8th. b-Grounded out for Lo Duca in the 8th.  

BATTING
2B: Reyes (16, Kennedy), Gomez (3, Kennedy), Easley (5, Kennedy).
HR: Valentin (3, 7th inning off Marshall, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Reyes 4; Lo Duca; Beltran; Wright; Easley 2; Green; Valentin 6; Gomez 4.
RBI: Maine (1), Easley 2 (18), Reyes (33), Valentin 3 (16), Beltran 2 (43).
2-out RBI: Valentin 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Reyes; Valentin; Lo Duca 2.
S: Maine 2.
SF: Maine.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Beltran (10, 2nd base off Marshall/Kendall), Gomez (8, 3rd base off Kennedy/Kendall).
CS: Reyes (10, 2nd base by Kennedy/Kendall).

 
 
  
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Kennedy (L, 2-5) 4.0 8 5 5 1 2 0 3.98 
Lewis  2.2 2 1 1 2 1 0 8.84 
Marshall  0.1 2 2 2 0 0 1 5.74 
Flores  1.0 2 2 2 1 0 0 2.40 
   NY Mets IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA 
Maine (W, 8-4) 7.0 5 2 2 0 6 1 2.87 
Mota  1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5.14 
Schoeneweis  1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.67 
 

WP: Kennedy 2.
IBB: Reyes (by Lewis).
Pitches-strikes: Kennedy 80-44, Lewis 45-22, Marshall 7-6, Flores 23-12, Maine 108-72, Mota 20-11, Schoeneweis 13-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Kennedy 5-4, Lewis 3-4, Marshall 0-1, Flores 1-2, Maine 6-9, Mota 0-1, Schoeneweis 1-1.
Batters faced: Kennedy 20, Lewis 12, Marshall 3, Flores 6, Maine 26, Mota 4, Schoeneweis 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Marshall 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Ed Montague. 1B: James Hoye. 2B: Bill Miller. 3B: Marvin Hudson.
Weather: 77 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
T: 2:36.
Att: 50,143.

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

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NL east standings as of june 24th.

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EAST   W L   PCT GB
NY Mets     41 32 .562 -
Philadelphia39 36 .520 3.0
Atlanta     38 38 .500 4.5
Florida     36 40 .474 6.5
Washington  32 43 .427 10
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Mets 10, Athletics 2

Jose Reyes crosses the plate after Jack Cust made a throwing error on Reyes' double. (Kathy Willens/AP)




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The moment Jose Reyes doubled and scored on the same play to lead off the first inning, things permanently turned in the favor of the Mets, who closed out Interleague Play 2007 with a sweep of the A's. John Maine issued no walks for the third time in five starts and picked up his first career RBI.

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The A's bullpen had lost five Joe Kennedy leads entering Sunday, but the lefty couldn't enjoy even that luxury in a loss that handed Oakland its first sweep in 46 series. Jack Cust ended the A's scoreless drought at 21 innings with a fifth-inning homer, but Kennedy allowed five runs in four innings.
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