Took the Metro again. We had different seats from last game, still near the foul line in right field, but now in the upper deck. It was another good game between the Mets and the Nationals. Glavine didn't have his best stuff (which has been the case for most of this year), but the only hits he gave up were singles. The Mets started out quickly with a homer by Mike Cameron in the first inning (homers are very rare in RFK). The Nationals answered back with 3 runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. The top of the 6th was big for the Mets, but could have been huge if it wasn't for a couple of base running errors. With none out and the bases loaded, Marlon Anderson knocked in a run with a broken-bat dribbler for an infield hit. Catcher Ramon Castro followed with a two-run single, but he strayed too far off first and was thrown out by Hernandez, who had been backing up home plate. Anderson then strayed too far on Miguel Cairo's lineout to Jose Guillen, who threw to second for the double play. The Mets were able to score 3 in the inning to take a 4-3 lead. They tacked on another in the 8th when Anderson hit a sac fly to score Carlos Beltran.
After seeing the Mets three times, I have a couple observations to make. Every game we saw they had a different player at first base. Saturday it was Jose Offerman, Tuesday it was Chris Woodward, and last night Marlon Anderson (until the 7th when he was moved to his natural position of 2nd base). Anderson did well at the plate during each game. David Wright is a very special player. I knew his reputation and liked him, but seeing him play three games gave me a greater appreciation for his skills. He made some great defensive plays and came up with a couple clutch hits.
Final score: Nationals 3, Mets 5
NOTE: They're predicting heavy rains today, so I'm hoping tonight's Orioles/Red Sox game is not postoned.
Posted on the old blog 7/07/2005.