May 14, 2007

Mets "Walk" Away With One

Anthony Di Como at, writes about a nice come from behind win over the Cubs:

For a long stretch, it seemed as if a Mets win Monday night was only a matter of time. After all, the team had long since taken all the suspense out of its comeback bid, completing in the middle innings its trip from four runs down. And with the way the opportunities kept coming, assuming victory wouldn't have been too brash.

It simply would have been correct. Carlos Delgado earned a walkoff walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to -- finally -- give the Mets a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

Patience put the Mets in that situation, and patience won it for them. After Jose Reyes singled with two outs in the ninth, consecutive walks to Endy Chavez and Carlos Beltran loaded the bases. That pitted Cubs reliever Michael Wuertz against Delgado, who waited 10 pitches before trotting down to first with the winning RBI in hand.

Mets starter Tom Glavine was uncharacteristically wild early on, with a leadoff walk leading to three runs in the second, and three more walks loading the bases in the fifth. He emerged from that jam unscathed, and in doing so lived to see a sixth inning that saw the Mets' offense take him off the hook.

Delgado and David Wright led off the inning with consecutive singles, with Delgado scoring on a Paul Lo Duca double that hugged the left-field line into the corner. Then it was Wright's turn to score, crossing the plate on a Damion Easley sacrifice fly to tie the game at four.

Wright's hit was his third of the game, with his fourth-inning two-run homer initially putting the Mets on the board.

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