Mets Notes & Quotes: Brewers run away with one

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Monday, May 9

Last Game: Milwaukee 5, Mets 4. A late-inning comeback could have meant a series sweep of the Brewers, but those hopes fell by the boards in the ninth inning.

Junior Spivey stole second base on a pitchout – Mike Piazza made a so-so throw and second baseman Miguel Cairo swears Spivey was out – and came around to score on J.J. Hardy's single to left field.

Spivey's steal attempt was the 26th successful try this season against Piazza, who has only caught five runners in action.

"It doesn't matter what I think," Piazza told reporters. "I did what I could do."

Tom Glavine struggled once again, allowing four runs and 11 hits over six innings in a no-decision. Even though many of the hits were soft bloops and bleeders, Glavine has not won since April 22 against the Nationals.

The Mets fell to 17-15.

Notes, Quotes

  • Kris Benson fired back at Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon, who criticized the former Bucs hurler in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette over the weekend.

    "I'd just like to know whose fault it will be when he doesn't get it done this season," McClendon told the newspaper. "You know it won't be his fault. ... Doesn't the onus have to be on the player once in a while? When you're on that mound, it's just you out there. You had better have some (nerve). (Benson) had great stuff for us, but he didn't have the heart of a lion. They'll find that out in New York."

    Benson told the New York Post in spring training that he was leaning more from the Mets' coaching staff, a comment which McClendon appears to have taken the wrong way.

    "You just don't make those comments 10 months afterward and not think it when I was there," Benson told reporters.

  • Mike Cameron has powered the Mets' offense since returning from the disabled list. In his fourth game back Sunday, Cameron went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, raising his average to .571 (8-for-14).

  • A day off appears to have iced Cliff Floyd, who is 0-for-8 since his 20-game hitting streak ended on Friday at Milwaukee. Floyd was out of the lineup on Sunday, with Victor Diaz taking the start.

    On Deck

  • The Mets head to Chicago to open a three-game set with the Cubs on Monday night. Aaron Heilman (3-2, 4.19) goes for New York, while Jon Leicester (0-2, 7.50) counters for the Cubs. First pitch is 8:05 ET.

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