Date: Friday, August 15, 2003
Opponent: Colorado Rockies
Location: Flushing, N.Y. (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (8-11): 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R (0 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 0 HR
Oliver L (10-8): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Time of Game: 2:59 Attendance: 28,081
Fact: Win No. 250 comes in Tom Glavine's 529th career start.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. --
When Tom Glavine picked up his first career victory nearly 16 years ago he never imagined that he'd become a milestone kind of pitcher. That first win, in just his second career start, proved to be the start of something that Glavine isn't quite close to completing, though.
Glavine made his 529th career start Friday night at Shea Stadium as the Mets and Rockies squared off just hours after the power came back on in Queens. The great blackout of 2003 was just about history, but Glavine kept Colorado in the dark, tossing six shutout innings as New York emerged with a 5-0 win before 28,081 fans.
The victory was the 250th of Glavine's career, making him a milestone guy after all. He became just the 43rd pitcher in Major League history to hit that mark and is one win shy of tying Bob Gibson for 42nd place on the all-time list. Glavine is also three victories away from catching Carl Hubbell, who is in eighth place all-time among southpaws.
It was the third consecutive victory for New York, which was denied an opportunity to complete a sweep of the Giants because of Thursday's blackout, and seventh in its last 10 games. Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think this was something I would get to," said Glavine, who has now won twice within a week after going more than a month without a victory. "But I've made adjustments and there have been results. And, I've played on some great teams. In my mind, though, I never imagined coming close to this many wins.
"When you get to a certain point, you see the list and you see who's around you. You see whom you are going to catch next. Each one is another notch up the ladder into more select company. I'm part way to where I want to get . For now, it's a nice number that puts me in some pretty good company."
While Glavine (8-11) earned the milestone win, it didn't come easy. His last outing in Arizona, another six-inning effort, was efficient and crisp. Friday's game was laborious and not nearly as crisp as Glavine slogged his way through 111 pitches. He allowed only three hits but walked four, putting runners on base every inning.
New York was clinging to a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth before Jose Reyes (solo) and Jason Phillips (two runs) each blasted homers to pad the lead. Darren Oliver (10-8) gave up the first homer before exiting.
"Tonight was more of a battle," Glavine said. "I had better command of the strike zone in Arizona. Today was a struggle. Whether it was early in the count or getting ahead of guys, I felt like it was more work tonight. But I stayed stubborn, got a little lucky and battled."
Glavine had several factors working against him Friday other than the unusually dormant Colorado bats. For openers, he was scheduled to start Thursday against the Giants and had spent the previous two days preparing to face them. So, he had to hustle to Shea Stadium early on Friday and "cram some video" on the Rockies because he hasn't faced them since May.
Secondly, he had been up for much of Thursday night worrying about his wife Christine. She was flying to New York earlier in the afternoon to surprise him and when the blackout hit, her plane was diverted to Baltimore.
"She was four hours late so I was worried about her," said Glavine, who won at home for the first time since April 20 and for just the third time overall. "And I had to familiarize myself with Colorado and it kind of takes you out of your routine. I was ready to pitch Thursday and had to come down and then get geared back up again mentally."
There were no worries, though, after Glavine left the game. Grant Roberts threw a scoreless seventh inning and Mike Stanton came on to blank the Rockies in the eighth and ninth.
"Tom threw up six zeroes, which was what we needed and he made the one run stand," manager Art Howe said.