Veteran Notches 295th Win

By Roderick Boone, Home News Tribune
Original article HERE.

NEW YORK He didn't suffer the same unlucky fate as Darrell Rasner in the early going, but the other starting pitcher in Saturday's Subway Series showdown had his own issues to deal with.

Tom Glavine wasn't overly sharp at the outset of the Mets' wildly entertaining 10-7 win. He struggled with his location, hurling 28 first-inning pitches and allowing the Yankees to grab an early 1-0 lead before the Mets even got a chance to strap the batting helmets on.

"It certainly wasn't a game that I felt like I was in command of everything the whole time," Glavine said. "It was one of those games where every inning felt like a battle, and every inning felt like it was just go out there and take it one hitter at a time, and try to get each out as you can. Their offense can do that to you."

Glavine's struggles continued right into the second, when Robinson Cano launched a solo shot to right field, trimming a two-run lead to 3-2.

Eventually, though, the crafty 41-year-old lefty settled in and did more than enough to help himself earn career win No. 295 and inch one step closer to the joining the 300-win club.

"He did a phenomenal job in mixing it up," Mets third baseman David Wright said. "That's a great lineup out there and to keep those guys off-balance, and to go six complete after the way he had his pitch count up early . . . He got a couple of key double plays, made some great pitches, and that's just vintage Tom Glavine."

With no outs and and a runner on first in the top of the seventh, Glavine exited to standing ovation from most in the sellout crowd of 56,137, tipping his hat just before ducking into the dugout. In six innings, he surrendered three earned runs on nine hits, striking out two and walking a pair.

"He wasn't having his best command, but he kept us in the game," manager Willie Randolph said.