On Bobblehead Day, Mets Don't Bobble Game Away

How appropriate. On Robbie Alomar Bobblehead Day,where fans received a miniature bobblehead doll in the likeness of Roberto Alomar, Alomar hit a two-run double as the Mets beat the Phillies 4-2 on an overcast Sunday. Pedro Astacio pitched seven innings, and survived giving up two solo home runs to collect his ninth win of the year as the Mets managed to salvage a split of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mets got on the scoreboard first in the second inning when Rey Ordonez hit a ground ball that deflected off of the edge of the pitchers mound and ricocheted toward second base, giving Ordonez that extra half second of time to slide in headfirst into first ahead of the throw of Jimmy Rollins, who had to chase down the ball. The bases had been loaded due to Phillies starter Brandon Duckworth having a control meltdown, and Mo Vaughn, who was the runner on third, scored to make it 1-0. Alomar then followed with a ground-rule double, scoring two more runs and the Met led 3-0.

Well-traveled former Yankees prospect Ricky Ledee got the Phillies on the board with a long solo home run to makethe score 3-1.

The Mets made it 4-1 when Edgardo Alfonzo hit a one-out sacrifice fly to score Jeromy Burnitz, who had singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and stolen third on a napping Duckworth.

An unusual play occurred in the fifth inning. With Burnitz on first and Vaughn batting with two outs, Burnitz took off for second. Vaughn hacked at the pitch and his momentum from his swing carried him in front of the plate. Phillies catcher Mike Lieberthal wound up hitting Vaughn's bat with his hand as he finished his throw to second and Vaughn was called for interference, ending the inning.

Bobby Abreau took advantage of that ruling, leading off the sixth inning with a long home run to center field to make it 4-2.

Mark Guthrie and David Weathers combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning and Armando Benitez survived a two-out-bases-loaded situation, getting Jimmy Rollins to fly out to center to end the game and record his 21st save of the season.


-Ordonez appeared to jam his left hand on that headfirst slide in the second, but after the trainer examined it, he stayed in the game.

-Mike Piazza was given the day off. He did not come into the game at all.

With the tough righthander Duckworth on the mound, Mets manager Bobby valentine went with an all left-handed-hitting outfield: the switch-hitting Roger Cedeno in left, Timo Perez in center and Burnitz in right. Jay Payton was on the bench

-On Monday, the new-look Florida Marlins will come to town.The Marlins traded away both superstar outfielder Cliff Floyd and their all-time winningest pitcher, Ryan Dempster. Monday's starters will be Michael Bacsik (1-0, 3.60 E.R.A.) and Michael Tejera (5-1, 2.87 E.R.A.)

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