Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Opponent: Pittsburgh Pirates
Location: Flushing, N.Y. (Shea Stadium)
Pitchers of Record:
Glavine W (9-6): 6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
Gorzelanny L (9-6): 2.1 IP, 7 H, 6 R (6 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR
Heilman, H (9): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Wagner, S (23): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Time of Game: 2:40 Attendance: 49,906
Fact: Tom Glavine's first career win also came against
the Pirates, in a 10-3 win on August 22, 1987.
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It is time. The phone calls can be made, the airplane tickets purchased, the seats at Miller Park in Milwaukee confirmed. Tom Glavine’s family is no longer on alert. The next time he pitches, scheduled to be Tuesday against the Brewers, Glavine will go for career victory No. 300.
Baseball immortality is one start away after Glavine pitched six innings in the Mets’ 6-3 victory last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Shea Stadium. It was not his best start, nor was it his worst, but this is not the time to quibble with the details.
Staked to a six-run lead for his second consecutive start, Glavine dodged trouble in the first, allowed three runs in the fifth and waited patiently for two relievers to complete No. 299.
Glavine fared much better than the other left-hander who shares the same initials, Tom Gorzelanny, whom the Mets blitzed for six runs and seven hits before he was removed because of shoulder stiffness with one out in the third inning. Paul Lo Duca drove in four of those runs with a pair of two-run doubles, and Marlon Anderson and Damion Easley knocked in the others.
As quick as he is with a witty comment or an insightful thought, Glavine takes pride in not letting his personality bubble over to the mound. Smiles and frowns never crease his face. Just the same piercing look.
In that sense, last night was different from the beginning, as if he had done the mental math: pitching at home, against one of baseball’s worst teams, after a miserable start last Thursday in Los Angeles. This one, he had to have.
After walking the bases loaded with one out in the first — his only three walks — Glavine got Xavier Nady to pull a down-and-away changeup into a 6-4-3 double play. As Easley’s throw plopped into Carlos Delgado’s mitt at first base, Glavine pumped his first twice.
He remained as stoic as ever over the next four innings, even when the Pirates broke up the shutout with a three-run fifth, before allowing another glimpse into his frame of mind in his final inning. On his 112th and final pitch, Glavine coaxed Nate McLouth to fly out with a runner on second to end the inning.
He turned to make sure Shawn Green caught the ball, then turned to the dugout, pumping his fist yet again. His night was over. He had given up eight hits and struck out two in six innings and, in a welcome change, left with a lead and in line for the victory.
Glavine left his last start, Thursday in Los Angeles, frustrated and embarrassed after being given leads of 6-0 and 9-4 only to be pulled after failing to retire a batter in the third inning. So many potential victories, particularly those through his fifth season with the Mets, have been undercut by a lack of run support or a bullpen meltdown. He was the only one to blame then.
The Mets made sure neither aspect would be an issue last night. Just as the Pirates did, the Mets loaded the bases with one out in the first inning, on a Lastings Milledge double and consecutive walks to David Wright and Delgado, but Lo Duca poked a double into the left-field corner to score two. Anderson made the score 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
The Mets doubled their lead in the third, and it could have been worse for the Pirates had Nady not thrown out Milledge trying to stretch his sixth consecutive hit into a double.
As it was, Wright followed with a double, and after a walk to Delgado, Lo Duca lined another two-run double, into the left-center field gap, and the Mets led, 5-0. Consecutive singles by Anderson and Easley extended their lead to 6-0 and brought out Pirates Manager Jim Tracy and their trainer to examine Gorzelanny.
The hardest part for Glavine until Tuesday may not be his preparation or planning for the start. It may be dealing with the hoopla, the interview requests and everyone wanting, please, Tom, just a minute of your time.
In spring training, Glavine, who entered the season needing 10 victories to reach the milestone, joked regularly how he wanted to win his first 10 starts to get it over with. That did not happen. But he can get to 300 in his 22nd, in Milwaukee, nearly seven years (July 30, 2000) since he won No. 200.
If that does not work out, Glavine is on track to have his next chance also on the road, next Sunday in Chicago, where, rest assured, friends, family, coaches and former teammates will also attend, now that No. 299 is safely secured on his baseball résumé.