Mets outplay Yanks in two straight

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Sunday, June 26: Mets blast their way past bumbling Bombers... Cliff Floyd leads the offensive pack... in the minors, Hagerstown wins a one-game playoff and Brett Harper strokes four hits for St. Lucie...

New York Mets Notes and Quotes for Sunday, June 26: In the afterglow of Friday's 6-4 victory over the Yankees, David Wright said that the Mets should keep a videotape of that game on a constant loop in their clubhouse, playing over and over as a reminder of how the team needs to play.

If that game was the quintessential 'do it this way' model, you could argue that Saturday's 10-3 trouncing was Volume II.

In a historically lopsided Subway Series matchup where too often the spoils have gone to the Yankees, it is the Mets who suddenly appear as the fundamentally sound club.

While the Bombers have bumbled – particularly centerfielder Bernie Williams, who has looked absolutely lost in recent games (dating back to his misplay of a Julio Lugo single-turned-double on Thursday against Tampa Bay) – the Mets have managed, using four sacrifice flies to manufacture runs Friday and breaking out the big bats on Saturday against rookie Sean Henn.

And while Wright homered on Saturday off of Henn, one of seven Mets starters to chip in two hits, there was no bigger bat than left fielder Cliff Floyd, who went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers in the first and fifth innings, three runs scored and four RBI.

Stating his claim for his second career All-Star selection with an exclamation point, Floyd has homered five times in his last six games and is hitting .286 with 20 homers overall.

It was a little more than a month ago that Mets manager Willie Randolph lamented a 1-2 showing against the Yankees as Shea Stadium as a missed opportunity, a series that Randolph felt the Mets could have swept with a better fundamental showing.

His club may be making sure the chance doesn't slip away a second time, with only the 6'10" frame of Randy Johnson lurking as a roadblock to a Subway sweep.

"It would be awesome," Floyd said.

Notes & Quotes

Minor League Report

TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: The Tides and Columbus Clippers were suspended after seven innings due to rain, with a 3-3 tie on the board. Jose Santiago (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) handled the pitching duties for Norfolk, while Chris Basak's solo home run and Ron Calloway's two-run shot took care of the runs. Norfolk (41-35) holds an 8-1/2 game lead on the International League South.

DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: Chase Lambin and Victor Hall homered, but it wasn't enough as the B-Mets were steamrolled by Erie Saturday, 13-7. Orlando Roman (4.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was torched, raising his ERA to 5.34. Binghamton (35-36) trails Trenton by 3-1/2 games in the Eastern League Northern Division.

HIGH-A ST. LUCIE: Corey Ragsdale stroked a two-run double in the eighth inning and the St. Lucie Mets withstood a three-run Daytona rally in the bottom of the inning, holding on for an 8-7 win over the Cubs. Vincent Cordova (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 2 HR) notched his fourth win and Brett Harper went 4-for-5 for the Mets, who are a perfect 4-0 to open the Florida State League's second half.

LOW-A HAGERSTOWN: Gaby Hernandez gave up a hit this time around – actually, six of them – but he pitched well enough (5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR) to earn his sixth win of the year, clinching the South Atlantic League first half title in a one-game playoff over Lexington. Grant Psomas and Dante Brinkley each notched a pair of hits in the win.

SHORT-SEASON BROOKLYN: Waner Mateo (5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K) was impressive in his first Cyclones start of the year and both Drew Butera and Jon Malo homered as Brooklyn topped Aberdeen, 4-2. Jesus Gamero added two hits for the Cyclones (4-1).

ROOKIE-LEAGUE KINGSPORT: Dustin Childress (3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) was up-and-down in a relief stint for the K-Mets, but wound up with his first loss of the year as Bristol beat Kingsport Saturday, 4-2. K-Mets leadoff hitter Sean Henry doubled and had two hits, as did No. 5 hitter Matt Anderson.

On Deck

Kris Benson (6-2, 3.90) draws the assignment of pitching the Mets to a Subway Sweep of the Yankees in their own house, but Randy Johnson (7-5, 4.02) is in the way for the Yankees, faced with what might actually be his biggest start for the Bombers to date. First pitch is 8:05 p.m. on ESPN.

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