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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Good Morning Mets Fans!

Down at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, every time an Air Force jet flies overhead, turbines screaming, the formations of young troops are all asked the same question, bellowed out by a grizzled old Drill Sergeant, "What's that sound?" they'll ask. The troops, in unison, will answer back at the top of their lungs, "The Sound of Freedom!"

In the 9th inning of last night's win over the Phillies, Mets fans heard that sound in the form of Enter Sandman.

Just 24 hours removed from Aguayo/Bullpen Meltdown-Gate, the Mets answered back in the chess game that is the NL East to re-take a share of first-place.

In beating the Phillies 6-3, the Mets got a lot of what they needed--a strong start from John Maine, a big homerun from Jose Reyes, strong relief pitching from Scott Schoeneweis, Joe Smith and Billy Wagner, and no mistakes.

That's not to say it was easy. After scoring twice in the bottom of the 1st on four walks and no hits, John Maine came out in the 2nd and let the lead go on back to back homeruns by Shane Victorino and Geoff Jenkins.

After the Mets tacked on a run in the bottom of the third, the Phils came back in the 5th on a Jimmie Rollins double to tie it at three. Tension was mounting, Shea was strangely quiet as fans sat on the edge of their seat, and it all came down to the final 12 outs.

Damion Easley and Brian Schneider started off the 6th with hits---rally time, again, for the Mets, who had a veritable plethora of baserunners all game long thanks to a 10 hit attack and 7 walks issued by Philly pitchers.

The Mets needed a big hit and they got one--Jose Reyes nailed the first pitch he saw from Ryan Madson over the rightfield wall to give the Mets a 3-run lead.

Reyes, the emotional sparkplug that drives the team, clearly enjoyed the moment and said, "That situation, tie game, you hit a three-run home run there, you've got to enjoy it because it's never easy when you play against the Phillies."

And the lead held up thanks to John Maine, a couple of pitching specialists, and the Sound of Freedom.

Enjoy your coffee my friends!

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N.Y. Mets (54-47) «20100300x6100

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

New York

J. Maine
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 2
K 5

New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4113101 .297
Endy Chavez, RF4100114 .259
David Wright, 3B3210201 .288
Carlos Delgado, 1B2010200 .262
Carlos Beltran, CF3011102 .268
Marlon Anderson, LF4001023 .203
Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
a- Robinson Cancel, PH1000002 .250
Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Damion Easley, 2B5131004 .282
Brian Schneider, C4120003 .248
John Maine, P3010012 .122
b- Fernando Tatis, PH-LF1000002 .291

a-grounded out for Smith in the 8th
b-grounded out for Maine in the 7th
2B - Brian Schneider (6, Condrey)
HR - Jose Reyes (11, Madson)
SH - Carlos Beltran (1)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (46), Carlos Beltran (70), Marlon Anderson (10), Damion Easley (25)
2-OUT RBI - Damion Easley (11)
SB - David Wright (13, 2nd base off Madson/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Easley-Delgado
New York Mets
John Maine (W,9-7) 7633252 4.20
Scott Schoeneweis (H,11) 0.2000110 2.50
Joe Smith (H,8) 0.1000000 3.10
Billy Wagner (S,25) 1000000 2.14
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 104-66, Scott Schoeneweis 12-7, Joe Smith 4-3, Billy Wagner 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 5-10, Joe Smith 1-0, Billy Wagner 2-1
Batters Faced - John Maine 28, Scott Schoeneweis 3, Joe Smith 1, Billy Wagner 3
Game Information
Attendance - 53444
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Derryl Cousins

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