Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Opponent: St. Louis Cardinals
Location: Flushing, N.Y. (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (7-5): 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Reyes L (0-10): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
Time of Game: 1:25 (2:25 delay) Attendance: 40, 948
Fact: This was the second career one-hit shutout for
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Tom Glavine stretched out on a clubhouse sofa yesterday afternoon hoping to take a quick nap before his start that evening against the Cardinals. Had an alarm clock next to him, too.
With fierce thunderstorms in the forecast, maybe Glavine knew he was in for a late night. The answer? Yes, and no.
Glavine had to wait 54 minutes to throw his first pitch because of showers sweeping through the area. But he needed only six innings to earn career victory No. 297 and almost made history in the process because of monsoon-like rains that cut short the Mets' 2-0 win over the Cardinals at soggy Shea Stadium.
With all the hype surrounding his pursuit of No. 300, Glavine quietly came within one stellar defensive play of notching the first no-hitter in franchise history - albeit the shortened variety. In the second inning, David Wright made a brilliant effort to grab Scott Rolen's sharp grounder behind third base. But Wright's off-balance throw sailed wide of first and Rolen's infield hit was the only one Glavine allowed all night.
"I can't believe it," Glavine said, smiling. "Just goes to show you any given play . . . He didn't try very hard."
Glavine was joking, obviously, but Wright offered an apology just the same when the Mets were forced into the clubhouse by rain midway through the sixth. Wright did, however, provide the margin of victory with his two-run homer off Anthony Reyes (0-10) in the first inning.
"I got a little more on the throw than I thought," Wright said. "I just threw it off-line. He wants [the no-hitter] the real way. He doesn't want an asterisk by it. He'll take the win I'm sure."
No kidding. It was Glavine's first shutout since Sept. 29, 2005 against the Rockies and the 25th of his career. Surprisingly, it was only the second one-hitter of his career, both with the Mets. Glavine (7-5) hurled the other against the Rockies on May 23, 2004.
As for creeping up to that aforementioned milestone, Glavine playfully refused to mention the number specifically. After getting bombed by the Yankees and Tigers earlier this month for 16 runs in 8 1/3 innings, Glavine has put together a pair of victories over the A's and Cardinals, allowing a single run in 14 innings. Not a bad turnaround.
The Mets' starters as a whole have been dominant lately as well. With Glavine's gem, they improved to 3-0 with a 1.34 ERA in their last six games.
"I think a lot of it has to do with confidence," Glavine said. "Right now, we're more confident in what we're doing. I think we've kind of gotten ourselves back on track."
Last night's disruption was only temporary. Glavine retired 13 straight before the grounds crew was summoned to roll on the tarp and then checked with the umpire on his way off the field. The forecast? "Bad," Glavine said.
The way Glavine figured it, any delay more than 25 minutes and he was finished. So when it stretched to one hour and 31 minutes - six minutes longer than the actual game - Glavine was thrilled when it was called permanently. As a result, the Mets earned their seventh shutout of the season while keeping both the Phillies and Braves at 3½ games behind in the NL East.
Glavine mostly breezed through the Cardinals, but the night was not without a few anxious moments. In the fourth inning, Carlos Gomez hustled to make two catches at the warning track, and the first was a spectacular leaping grab of Juan Encarnacion's deep drive toward the leftfield corner.
"He covered a lot of ground to go get it," Glavine said.
Reyes, who remained winless in 12 starts dating to last season, was not so fortunate with Wright's 425-foot blast off the rightfield scoreboard in the first. For Wright, it was a case of history repeating itself. When Reyes faced the Mets in Game 4 of the NLCS, he allowed home runs to Wright and Carlos Beltran before he was knocked out in the fourth inning of the Mets' 12-5 win at Busch Stadium.
"I just think it was kind of bad luck for him today," Wright said.