Date: Thursday, April 12, 2007
Opponent: Philadelphia Phillies
Location: Flushing, NY (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (2-1): 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR
Moyer L (1-1): 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 0 HR
Smith H (1): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 0 R
Schoenweis H (3): 1.0 IP, 1 BB, 0 R
Wagner S (2): 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Time of Game: 2:50 Attendance: 33, 355
Fact: Tom took sole possession of 29th place on the All-Time Strikeouts list, passing Don Drysdale.
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NEW YORK -- At some point before Sunday afternoon, when he is to pitch again, John Maine will approach Tom Glavine and begin to pick his colleague's brain. The generation gap that separates Maine from Glavine is, he says, insurmountable. They'll never like the same movies or music, or have the same points of reference.
It's the experience gap Maine wants to bridge, calling it the "difference between a 10-game winner and a 292-game winner," adding, "I need to know what's in there."
That gap seemed a tad larger on Thursday evening after Glavine had put his name next to career win No. 292 with a "figure it out" performance against the Phillies. One night after a bad-to-worse start by Oliver Perez, Glavine self-corrected the way only a veteran can and put the Mets in position for their 5-3 victory.
"Very impressive," Maine said. "It's like he was two different pitchers."
Precisely, Glavine said. "I was the strong, overpowering, young Tom Glavine in the first inning," he said. "And the old Tom Glavine later on."
The older, the better.
After an Ollie-esque first inning, replete with a leadoff home run by Jimmy Rollins and three walks, Glavine surrendered a second home run to his nemesis -- this one with a runner on base -- in the second. Then he got angry.
"Enough is enough," he told himself.
Glavine went on to face 12 batters in the subsequent four innings.
"You don't get to 300 [victories] without learning how to make adjustments," manager Willie Randolph said.
Glavine did what Perez couldn't on Wednesday after the veteran left-hander started the evening, in his own words, "all geeked up ... I don't know why.
"I felt real good, it was my first home start. I just wanted to get going. So I was rushing everything. I couldn't help myself at first."
Glavine threw 30 pitches in the first inning, 12 for strikes. One of his outs was the result of an unwise stolen-base attempt by Shane Victorino with Ryan Howard batting.
"Thank you," was Glavine's reaction.
Glavine then endured the second, allowing a leadoff single before David Wright spared him an extra-base hit. One out later, Rollins struck again. Rollins now has six home runs against Glavine, whereas he has no more than three against any other pitcher.
"I knew what I was doing wrong, and when I took my warmup pitches before the third, I slowed myself down," Glavine said. "It's where experience and trusting your stuff come into play. I knew what I had to do. But it's not the kind of thing I could have done when I was younger, when I had the experience John has now.
"But sometime between my second and third years, I learned how to give myself a chance to win."
His chance on Thursday night improved dramatically when Jose Reyes drove in two runs against Jamie Moyer in the fourth inning to give the Mets a 4-3 lead. Wright tripled, extending his career-best hitting streak to 21 games, and scored in the seventh. The left was rest to Scott Schoeneweis, who pitched the eighth, and Billy Wagner, who earned the 326th save of his career with a four-batter ninth.
With Moyer and Glavine opposing each other for the first time, the ages of the starting pitchers and the game-time temperature were in the 40s. Neither threw enough heat to raise the temperature above baseball-uncomfortable, but both adapted to the can't-feel-your-toes-but-can-see-your breath conditions.
Though the temperature was 44, the breeze that threatened to change Queens into frozen zone dissipated before game time.
Glavine, 41, emerged with a 2-1 record; Moyer, 44, is now at 1-1. Never before had two left-handed pitchers of such combined age -- 85 years, 163 days -- started against each other.
"Is that right?" Maine said. "Well, I can't make myself left-handed, but I'd like to get to the point where I know as much as they do. I want to be able to do what Tom did tonight. He just fixed himself. That was something to see. I want to learn how he realized it and fixed it. I want to get inside his head."