Monday, April 17, 2006

Now Cliff Floyd's Hurt, Too

Cliff Floyd hurt himself while hitting a double in the fourth inning, apparently straining his rib cage on the swing. He stayed in the game long enough to score on Xavier Nady's single, making it a 4-2 Mets lead. Jose Valentin came in the game to replace him in the next inning and flied out with two runners on, making him 0 for 8 on the season.


Valentin's failure to drive in the run became more significant the next inning when Andruw Jones homered, making it a 4-3 game in the sixth. Willie wasn't worried about the narrow deficit, however, allowing Pedro Martinez to bat for himself in the bottom of the sixth with Nady on base (again) even though Pedro had thrown 100 pitches to that point. Pedro struck out, and headed to the mound to start the 7th inning.

Pedro retired the first two batters in the seventh, but after Pete Orr hit a rocket up teh middle that had Martinez diving out of the way, Duaner Sanchez came on to strike out Marcus Giles to retire the side. Headed to the Seventh Inning Stretch and 'Lazy Mary,' Pedro was still poised to win his 200th win.


Sanchez pitched a perfect 8th, and Valentin led off the bottom of the inning doing what he does best: grounding out so that he became 0 for 9 on the season. Nady and Chavez couldn't do any better against Lance Cormeir, so it was 'Sandman' time in the ninth.

After Franceour fliedout, Wagner hit Matt Diaz in the shin, but Wagner recovered to strike out Betimet and old buddy Todd Pratt to preserve the victory.

Pedro gets win #200, Wagner gets a save, and the Mets improve to 10-2 on the season.


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