Well, you don’t see that every day. A walk-off error by Paul Lo Duca won the game for the Mets. Lo Duca hit a double-play grounder right to the pitcher, Gary Majewski, who threw the ball into center field, allowing Endy Chavez to score from second to give the Mets the win. Here’s what I don’t get – the error was on Majewski. So why isn’t that considered an earned run? He’s directly responsible for the runner scoring. Shouldn’t they waive the whole “unearned run on an error” thing when the error is on the pitcher? Doesn’t that make sense? That’s just my opinion.
Anyway, tonight we saw something rarer than Haley’s comet, an unassisted triple play, and a Yankee fan who didn’t reek of cheap cologne – a good start by Victor Zambrano. Zambrano went six innings, allowed only five hits and two walks, and only a run in the fourth. He threw for strikes, he got ahead of hitters…for the first time this season, Victor Zambrano did his job. He put the Mets in position to win this game. He didn’t pick up the win, but he still pitched quite well, picking up his first quality start of the season. Good job, Victor.
Mets hitters were quiet for much of the game, which was a surprise with the very-hitable Ramon Ortiz on the hill. They did get a run and seven hits off of Ortiz in six innings, off of a Carlos Delgado home run (I believe that pushes Ortiz’s total number of games started while allowing a home run to something like 783). They couldn’t put anything across the plate, though. The Mets did strand eleven on base, second day in a row they’ve stranded double-digits on the bases. You’d like to see them take advantage of runners on base a bit more, but they won, and ultimately, that’s what counts.
The Mets do it again one more time with the Nationals, who can officially be referred to as “the hapless Washington Nationals” at this point, tomorrow night. Michael O’Connor will get the start for the Nats. I know nothing about him other than that he’s a left-hander, that he stands six foot three and weighs 170 pounds, and that he’s from Dallas, Texas. John Maine goes for the Mets. I don’t know much about him, either, other than that he’s been pitching for the Norfolk Tides, that he was acquired for Kris Benson last year, and that he’s named after the biggest of the six New England states. No, tomorrow’s pitching matchup is not exactly Martinez vs Smoltz. Hell, it’s not even Zambrano vs Ortiz. But let’s see what this Maine kid is made of.