Date: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Opponent: New York Yankees
Location: Flushing, N.Y. (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (5-1): 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Feliciano H (3): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB
Heilman H (5): 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB
Rasner L (1-3): 0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Time of Game: 3:36 Attendance: 56,137
Fact: Tom Glavine has not lost to the Yankees since
June 28, 2003.
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NEW YORK - As the rain was falling steadily and darkness was descending, the Mets were trying hard not to think back to a year ago today.
It was hard to push back the thoughts. The setting was the same, Shea Stadium. And the man on the mound, Billy Wagner, was beginning to look all too much like he did that day when he squandered a four-run, ninth-inning lead. This time, one run already was in and two runners were on, bringing the tying run to the plate.
"When it starts going it's one of those games you get a bad feeling about," Tom Glavine said. "With the Yankees' offense, you know they're capable of scoring runs. You know that on any given day something can happen. The way it was going you just had that bad feeling about it."
But Wagner struck out Robinson Cano on a 94 mph fastball. Then he struck out Josh Phelps on another fastball, ending the game and sending the last die-hards home out of the rain. The ending this time allowed the Mets to breathe a sigh of relief, and it took one more breath from the rapidly expiring Yankees as the 10-7 Mets' win continued the teams sprint in opposite directions.
The late rallies for the Yankees amounted to little more than window dressing on another painful day. Starting pitcher Darrell Rasner was out after the second batter when he was pelted with a one-hopper to the box by Endy Chavez, suffering a fractured index finger on his pitching hand.
The Mets battered the procession of pitchers that followed, building an 8-2 lead behind two home runs from David Wright -- the second one bouncing out of Johnny Damon's glove and over the center field wall.
The Yankees showed some fight, closing the gap to 8-6 with a three-run eighth inning against Scott Schoeneweis before Aaron Heilman retired Derek Jeter with the tying runs aboard. But Kyle Farnsworth gave that back -- with help from Robinson Cano, who committed his third error of the game on a two-run infield single by Julio Franco, giving Wagner a four-run cushion. And this time, that was enough.
Wagner might have been the only one who wasn't sweating this one.
"This year I'm throwing a little bit better," he said. "I felt like I was throwing the ball well. I threw the ball better today than I threw [Friday]."
"It got a little hairy there for a second," manager Willie Randolph said. "Big hit by Franco there. Aaron got a big out against Jeter. Last year we played a game similar to this in the middle game where they came back and beat us. Not total deją vu, but the Yankees are a good ballclub and you're not going to keep them down too long.
"It was a weird kind of game. It felt like it was going to be a bit of a breeze, but they kept coming back on us."
The Mets built the early lead, scoring three runs in the first capped by a monstrous two-run blast by Wright off Mike Myers, who came on for Rasner. Wright got him again in the third for another two-run blast. The Yankees took no chances after that, walking Wright intentionally the next three times he came to the plate.
The cushion was enough to get Glavine his 295th career victory and set up the Mets for an opportunity to complete a sweep. Already they sit with the best record in the National League at 28-14, while the Yankees dipped to 18-23, 10½ games behind Boston.
Still, the Mets were not gloating. As this game showed signs of turning, they didn't want to wake the slumbering Yankees.
"Honestly, the records say we're better," Wagner said. "But those bats get going for them and things can change in a hurry. They're talented. The worst thing you want to do is count them out. If you say the Yankees are done, that's the worst you could do. That's a big motivation for those guys. You just play the games."
Veteran Notches 295th Win