Mets 3, Nationals 1

There was no retaliation from the Nats for Pedro’s assault on their bodies/pride last Thursday, so I suppose Tony Kornheiser can spend tomorrow morning’s XM show following up his claim that Washington had to do something tonight.

What they did manage, however, was to drive the ball into RFK’s massive left center-field gap on too many occasions, an area that Carlos Beltran seems to know like the back of his hand (assuming the back of his hand resembles an antiquated football stadium). The Mets’ imposing 3-4-5 of Beltran/Delgado/Wright were a combined 6 for 11, but no two AB’s may have been more important than Paul Lo Duca’s sac bunt moving Jose Reyes to 3rd in the top of the 7th, and Beltran’s subsequent sacrifice fly. On an evening when the home team had their share of 400 foot outs, it was nice to see the Mets do something they’ve rarely managed the last few years ; manufacture an insurance run.

New York’s Pedro Martinez was nearly flawless (3 hits, 1 earned run, 1 BB, 3 k’s); a 2nd inning Jose Vidro solo HR aside, his toughest challenge came with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the 6th. Martinez blew away Vidro and then induced Jose Guillen (off to a miserable start to the season) to tap into a 6-4-3 double play.

I knew the nostalgic-addict Braves (currently trailing the Phillies, 7-5) would mark their 40th Anniversary in Atlanta with typically offensive throwback jerseys, but allowing Mike Remlinger to pitch is just taking the spirit of the thing a little too far.

Minor League Game Of The Night : Rochester and Pawtucket are tied, 3-3 after 15 innings at McCoy Field. The two clubs have combined to use 13 pitchers in a contest that’s passed the 4:10 mark. I have no documentary evidence, but I’m guessing Peter Griffin went home a while ago.