Transplanted Ex-Met Jason Isringhausen notched a two-out save tonight against his old club, striking out David Wright and inducing a ground out from Cliff Floyd with the bases loaded to close out Mark Mulder's win.
What can you say about this game? Even though the Mets lost, there's not a lot to complain about. Trachsel pitched very well, allowing just 1 run on 4 hits over seven innings, but not as well as Mulder, who got his 5th win on the year. This wasn't a rookie or a wash-up shutting down the Mets, it was a damn good pitcher and there's no shame in that. Albert Pujols was neutralized for the night, and we got beat by Scott Rolen.
The worst part of the game was Cliff Floyd going 0 for 4, but we'll find out tomorrow if it's a continuation of his season-long slump, or just a brief interruption of his resurgence. It's Lima Time tomorrow (oh please oh please let that be the last time I write that), in the rubber game against the Cardinals, facing Jason Marquis (4-4, 5.33 ERA).
Scoreboard Watch: Atlanta and Philadelphia each were losing their respective games in the 9th inning, but both teams managed to rally against the ballclubs they were opposing. Philly scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game 7-7 against Milwaukee, while Atlanta scored a run on a Chipper Jones groundout in the bottom of the ninth to send their game against Florida into extra innings, tied 3-3.
In Milwaukee, Geoff Jenkins drove in Jeff Cirillo in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 8-7 over Philadelphia. The Mets two game lead is preserved.
Over in Atlanta, however, Larry Jones hit a three-run homer in the 11th to give teh Braves a 6-4 lead over Florida. Florida had scored a run in the top of the inning with a run scoring single by Treanor.