Woodward's a hit at Shea

Mets Notes and Quotes for July 20: Chris Woodward plays the hero at Shea Stadium; Mike Piazza drops to sixth in the lineup; Nick Evans has his best day as a Brooklyn Cyclone to date...

Chris Woodward cracked a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning Tuesday, leading the Mets to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres.

All of the scoring in the game was done via the home run, as Kris Benson and Brian Lawrence each allowed a solo homer in their strong outings. Benson surrendered a fifth-inning shot to Khalil Greene, while Cliff Floyd accounted for the Mets' early scoring with a homer later that inning off Lawrence.

After Benson exited the game, giving the Mets yet another quality start, going seven innings and allowing a run on five hits, Dae-Sung Koo (0.2 IP), Roberto Hernandez (1.1 IP) and Braden Looper (2.0 IP) kept the Padres off the scoreboard.

The Mets have now won 10 games this season in their final turn at bat, including twice with home runs – Floyd slugged a three-run homer against the Angels on June 11.

Mets Notes

  • Mike moves down: In the midst of a 1-for-13 skid that dropped his batting average to .252, Mike Piazza was dropped to sixth in the batting order Tuesday – the first time he's batted there as a Met. Piazza went 2-for-4 with a walk in the victory.

  • Ishii on tap: Kazuhisa Ishii is back from a momentary banishment to the bullpen, although the lefthander never appeared in his relief role. Ishii (2-8, 5.57 ERA) will take the hill Thursday afternoon against the Padres.

    Minor League Report

    TRIPLE-A NORFOLK: Jose Santiago (7-5) allowed six runs (five earned) and 10 hits in 5-2/3 innings, including a two-run homer to David Newhan, as the Tides fell at Ottawa Tuesday, 6-5. Mike DiFelice (.266) and Prentice Redman (.287) contributed three-hit nights, with DiFelice driving in two runs and Redman doubling twice, scoring a run.

    DOUBLE-A BINGHAMTON: New Britain scored in every inning after the fifth as the B-Mets fell Tuesday, 8-5. Bryan Edwards (3-4) started for Binghamton and allowed five runs and 10 hits in six innings, striking out five, but also surrendered a mammoth home run to Luis Jimenez in the second inning. Mike Jacobs (.310) hit his 17th homer for Binghamton in the loss, part of a three-hit night for the catcher that also included two runs scored and a triple.

    SINGLE-A BROOKLYN: Rafael Arroyo's two-run double and Nick Evans' run-scoring single highlighted a three-run Brooklyn eighth inning, leading the Cyclones to a 12-9 victory over Oneonta Tuesday. Evans (.219) contributed his biggest day as a Cyclone to the winning effort, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, four RBI and falling a home run shy of the cycle. Orlando Rengel (3.51 ERA) started for Brooklyn and was tattered in 2-2/3 innings, allowing five runs and eight hits. However, Oneonta starter Dan Konecny trumped him, allowing eight runs – three earned – in the first inning.

    ROOKIE-LEAGUE GULF COAST: Jacob Ruckle (3-0) allowed one earned run over five innings and Greg Cain (.188) blasted his first professional homer, leading the GCL Mets past the GCL Marlins Tuesday, 6-2. Cain's two-run shot in the second inning staked the Mets to a 3-1 lead at the time; Jose Castro (.235) also had two RBI for the Mets.

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