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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pitching wins, but not tonight

Starter: The old baseball cliché of "pitching wins championships" didn't work out in the Mets' favor tonight. Steve Trachsel, the Mets' starter, was brilliant in his seven innings of work. Trachsel allowed merely one run on four hits and three walks, lowering his era to 4.33. However, Trachsel was outdone by Cardinals starter, Mark Mulder. Mulder went 8.1 innings and allowed no runs on four hits for his fifth win of the season.
Trachsel dropped to 2-4 on the year, in the Mets first real (the only other shutout came in a five inning game) shutout of the season. Despite the 1-0 loss Trachsel was aggresive, and not a bore to watch. However, the only mistake Trachsel made was walking Albert Pujols in the sixth inning, and letting him later score on a Scott Rolen rbi double. Pujols, despite being surrounded by two potential hall of famers, is the one man you cannot let beat you, and tonight Pujols beat us without even swinging the bat.
Bullpen: The pen didn't get much work in today's game. The one reliever Randolph used was Duaner Sanchez, who walked two, but allowed no runs in his inning of work.
Offense: The offense was almost non-existant in tonight's game. Delgado, Floyd, Nady, and Matsui combined for an 0-12 game. Beltran also went 0-2, but he walked twice, while striking out once. Jose Reyes had his first hit of the night in the ninth off of Mulder to lead off the inning, a double to rightfielder Juan Encarnacion. Reyes thought about going for three, but thought better of it and stopped at second, after a very wide turn. LoDuca had a quiet 1-3, while David Wright went 2-4 with a single and a double. However, one of Wright's outs came in the ninth inning with one out and the bases loaded. All Wright needed to do was hit the ball to shallow outfield (didn't have to be very far with Reyes on third), but instead he struck out.


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