Date: Saturday, July 14, 2007
Opponent: Cincinnati Reds
Location: Flushing, N.Y. (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (8-6): 8.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR
Stanton L (1-3): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Wagner S (19): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Time of Game: 2:17 Attendance: 51,742
Fact: Before the game, the Mets honored legendary
broadcaster and Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner with an on the field celebration.
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NEW YORK -- For eight innings on the mound, Tom Glavine had been center stage, dazzling the crowd at Shea Stadium with a performance that brought back memories of his Cy Young Award-winning seasons. But now, with the game on the line and the Mets mounting a rally in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Hall of Fame-bound pitcher was nowhere to be found.
While his teammates tried to pick him up, Glavine retreated to the dusty tunnel just off the Mets' dugout and sat alone on a bench, the sound of the crowd his only lifeline to the result -- whether it would be another frustrating night or a step forward in his pursuit of 300 wins.
"I was downstairs hiding in the tunnel trying to find a spot that had some runs in it," Glavine said. "You get a good sense of what's going on from the reaction of the crowd. I knew [Shawn Green] did something. I didn't know what because you could kind of hear the ooh's and then when the ball fell in you hear the cheers. The same thing with Lastings [Milledge]. I didn't see it. I just went with the reaction and I knew it was good."
The crowd was right as the reaction was cheers for a two-out rally with Milledge delivering the game-winner -- a single poked through the middle to score Green for a 2-1 Mets' victory. The win was a necessity for the team, not just for the standings, but to salvage the best performance of the year from Glavine.
For Glavine it was win No. 298 -- and one that was well deserved and would have been one of the most frustrating near-misses if he didn't get it.
Glavine allowed just two hits over eight innings of work, handling the Reds with a command that seemed to appear from a decade earlier. He didn't walk a batter and made just one mistake. But while the Mets were mounting the eighth-inning rally, Glavine already had gotten the word that he was done for the night -- facing down a no-decision if the Mets couldn't deliver.
"I'm not going to lie to you that if I didn't come out with a win [Saturday night] it would have had some psychological repercussions," Glavine said. "Like I've said so many times, when you go out there and pitch well you want to win.
"That's what I get paid to do. You can only take so much solace in throwing the ball well and pitching well and giving your team a chance to win. I want to win."
It seemed as if those 10 wins he needed entering the season to reach 300 would be easy. He started off with three wins in his first four starts, but the chase has slowed to a crawl. Glavine has won just twice since May 19.
Entering this game with a 7-6 record, he has been stuck at 297 career wins since June 27. He got a no-decision in his last start before the break -- long gone by the time the Mets won the game in 17 innings in Houston.
Although he was stressing over a pregame ceremony to honor Ralph Kiner that left him with no answers to exactly when he would take the mound Saturday, Glavine managed to come out with as sharp a performance as he has mounted this year.
"That's one of the greatest games I've seen him pitch," said Billy Wagner, who came on to retire the side in order in the ninth for his 19th save.
Glavine's only flaw in this effort came when he left a fastball over the plate to Brandon Phillips leading off the second inning and Phillips drove it over the wall in right-center field. The only other hit came in the seventh inning when Ken Griffey Jr. poked a single into right field.
The Mets' bats were active, but unproductive. Finally, in the sixth inning Green lofted a single to score David Wright with the tying run.