Mets 3, Giants 1 (top of the 8th)

I have mostly good things to say most of the time about WFAN’s Ed Coleman and Tom McCarthy (Howie Rose still subbing for Gary Cohen on SNY last while the latter recovers from appendicitis) But the duo’s effervescent banter today has been repeatedly interrupted by the unmistakeable sound of metal on metal. I suspect one of the following circumstances is to blame :

A) they’ve locked Fran Healy in a steel box and he’s banging his head against the lid
B) someone at WFAN is a huge Test Dept. fan and never quite got it out of their system or
C) I’m hallucinating. The aspartame poisoning finally caught up with me.

The Sultan Of Surly is having an absolutely brutal day in left field. There’s no pleasure to be gained in watching one of the all-time greats struggle to pick up balls hit to his left or right that would’ve been routine plays just two years ago. Endy Chavez, Carlos Delgado and Lastings Milledge were all beneficiaries of Bonds’ inability to run at anything approaching full speed.

I’m not sure why Matt Morris felt compelled to give Lastings Milledge anything decent to hit with an 0-2 count and runners on first and second in the last of the 6th, but perhaps he’d read about this run-you-over-with-the Hummer stuff and became distracted.

(UPDATE : Giants 7, Mets 6 (12 innings)

Despite dramatic late HR’s by David Wright (shown above, hitting his 2nd of the afternoon), Jose Valentin and Lastings Milledge (3 hits on the day, including his first big league home run and first 3 RBI’s in a Mets uniform) the New York pen conspired to mess this one up, big time. Though Duaner Sanchez was victimized by an ugly bit of Jose Reyes clumsiness in the 8th, Pedro Felicano dug his own grave with a throwing error in the 11th. A rather pathetic end to what was shaping up to be one of the more synapse-snapping Mets victories of the year, coming back from deficits in the 8th and 9th, and especially with the damage done to longtime nemesis Armando Benitez.