Mets 4, Giants 3 (top of the 7th)

Just when I was wondering if there was a slower major leaguer on the base paths than the Sultan Of Surly Circa 2006, I look up to see Mets SP Brian Bannister limping, hopping, staggering home on Kaz Matsui’s 6th inning double to left field.

The amateur diagnosis from the Giants TV crew is a pulled hamstring. Between Bannister’s injury and Victor Zambrano’s continuing struggles, there remains every chance that Jose Lima will get another start in the big leagues.

Carlos Delgado hit a solo HR off Matt Morris in the 3rd inning, his 9th of the season. Cliff Floyd, still looking to bust out for real, has hit 3 line drives to the warning track in left with nothing to show for it. Except a day’s pay and the love of his teammates.

Aaron Heilman is currently pitching in relief of Bannister. Presumably, Bannister will require two pulled hamstrings before there’s any serious talk of Heilman returning to the starting rotation.

(UPDATE : Mets 7, Giants 7.  After a two-out error by David Wright kept SF alive in the bottom of the 9th, Barry Bonds hit a 2-run HR to left field off Billy Wagner.  For the Sultan, that’s career HR no. 711. For Billy Wagner, blown save no. 2 on the year )

You know what they say about guys with big feet. That’s right. At some point, you might want to stop giving them such great pitches to hit. Texas’ Kevin Mench (above) hit his 6th HR in as many games earlier today, a grand slam off Kiko Calero, in the Rangers’ 6-4 loss to Oakland.

8 innings of one-hit ball today for the Angels’ Jon Lackey (above) ; maybe the Tigers had to catch another flight.

Good news, Nationals fans. Not only does your team finally have an owner, but it isn’t the guy who barbeques dogs.