Mets Bar "Graff" Shows Them Going Downhill

After scoring eight runs the night before, the Mets reverted to their old ways, which usually happens when Al Leiter pitches. Every pitch Leiter throws is a battle, every mistake magnified, since the Mets just don't score runs when Leiter pitches. Leiter made two mistakes tonight and the Mets lost 2-1 to the White Sox to lose 2 of 3 in the three game series.

Leiter made his first mistake in the first inning, leaving a pitch up for Tony Graffanino, who hammered it to left field for a solo home run and gave the Sox the early 1-0 lead.

Dan Wright muzzled the Mets bats pretty well, not allowing a runner to reach second base after Mike Piazza doubled in the second, until he gave up a solo home run to Piazza in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1-1.

Leiter made his second mistake in the eighth when he threw a pitch in an area where Aaron Rowand could hit it hard. Rowand hit a double over Roger Cedeno, who appeared to have turned the wrong way when the ball was hit, and Royce Clayton, who had walked earlier in the inning, went to third. At that point Bobby Valentine came out and brought in Scott Strickland. Graffanino decided this was his night though, and singled in Clayton.

Antonio Osuna came in and recorded his second save in as many nights in the ninth.


-The Mets have an off day on Thursday before starting their series against the Yankees on Friday. Steve Trachsel will face Andy Pettittite, who will be making his first start since April.

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