Saturday’s game left the New York Mets bullpen utterly depleted. The 14-inning affair lasted 5 hours, and required 9 innings from the bullpen. The Mets burned through nearly every arm they had, and essentially needed Johan Santana to throw a complete game. He delivered.
Santana threw his 7th career complete game, giving up one run on 6 hits and one walk. He struck out five, and contributed offensively with two hits and an RBI. Albert Pujols’ 7th inning home run was the only blemish on Santana’s day.
“I know what my job is,” Santana said. “I want to give us a chance to win every time, to be consistent. I think I have been. Could it be better? Maybe. But today I wanted to give us a chance to win and give the bullpen a chance to rest. I’m very happy I did that.”
The Mets offense helped out as well, scoring 9 runs on seventeen hits. Fernando Tatis had a monster day, hitting two doubles and a homer. David Wright and Ramon Castro also contributed home runs. The win put the Mets in sole possession of first place in the NL East, one game ahead of the Phillies and two ahead of the Marlins.
The Mets and the Marlins start a three game set at Dolphin Stadium on Monday night.
The Red Sox are reportedly close to signing Hayato Doue, catcher for the Kagawa Olive Guyners. The 25 year old “defensive firearm” was the second-half MVP of the Shikoku Island League (a Japanese independent league) in 2007. In 298 at-bats last year, he hit .322 with 7 homers, 50 rbi, 54 walks, and 10 stolen bases. His defensive skills, as well as proficient hitting and speed on the basepaths would make him a solid long-term pickup for the Sox.
His last name is pronounced “doe-oo-ay”, by the way.
Boston Red Sox tickets are now available for all 2008 games.
During his time with the Mets in New York, Tom Glavine did not have many opportunities to spend time with his family. With his 300th win behind him, Tom decided to return to Atlanta next season. In doing so he returns to the team he helped rocket to dominance in the 90′s, as well as the city where his family is situated. Glavine’s 1-year $8 million deal is certainly a pay cut from what he may have earned elsewhere, but he wants to prioritize his family.
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