If you thought watching Mike Piazza score from first on a hit to the outfield earlier in the week was scary, check out the highlights from the Mets’ 5-3 victory over the Angels from Saturday night . Marlon Anderson’s pinch hit inside-the-park HR off K-Rod to tie the game with one out in the home 9th is a spectacular exhibition of baserunning that bears little resemblance to the footwork of a Jose Reyes or Ichiro Suzuki. Aided in no small part by Steve Finley booting the ball, Anderson’s mad dash around the bases was akin to someone Who Isn’t A Trackstar being chased by a hungry bear.
Also of note on this stirring evening, Cliff Floyd following an upper deck foul ball with a game winning 3-run HR off the scoreboard in the bottom of the 10th, Carlos Beltran robbing Benji Molina of a two-run shot to dead center in the 7th, Kris Benson continuing to repair his reputation and career with another solid start, and maybe, just maybe, Aaron Heilman demonstrating that he is the dependable set up guy this team has longed for. Of all the role players to make huge contributions to this year’s Mets (Woodward, Anderson, Cairo, Diaz), Heilman has been the biggest revelation of the bunch.