It Had to be the Uniforms: Mets Win Big

It had to be the uniforms. On a night when they wore the same uniforms as the World Champion 1986 Mets team, the Mets received the kind of team effort that '86 squad put forth in getting both stellar hitting in home runs by Mo Vaughn and Jeromy Burnitz and stellar pitching, as Mike Bacsik pitched a complete game victory in only his second major league start as the Mets beat the reeling Florida Marlins 8-3 on a muggy Monday night. Bacsik made only three mistakes, giving up three solo home runs.

The Mets got on the board in the first inning, seizing a 2-0 lead off of Marlins starter Brad Penny, who has been beset by injuries this year. Vaughn, whose bat has come to life in the past month, hit a sacrifice fly to score Roberto Alomar, who had walked and advanced to third on Jeromy Burnitz's single. After Burnitz then stole second, Edgardo Alfonzo singled, scoring Burnitz.

Burnitz continued his hot hitting of the past few games by hitting his tenth home run of the year in the third. It was a solo home run and made the score 3-0.

The Marlins got a run back in the fourth inning when Kevin Millar hit a solo home run to make it 3-1.

After Roger Cedeno singled, Vance Wilson, catching for the second straight game as Mike Piazza was nursing a sore back, doubled, scoring Cedeno. Wilson advanced to third on the throw to the plate and scored when Bacsik laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Vaughn continued to show signs of the hitter the Mets envisioned they were getting when he hit his seventh home run in his last 18 games in the fifth inning, a mammoth shot that cleared the bullpen in right field. He hit it with Burnitz on first and it gave the Mets a 7-1 lead. Later in the game, he barely missed his second home run, having it bounce off the padding in right field and since it was hit so hard, he could only stay at first base. Later in the fifth, Cedeno hit an rbi-single to make it 8-1.

Not to be outdone, Preston Wilson turned on a Bacsik fastball in the sixth and sent it screaming over the bleachers in left center field. Bacsik was not fazed though, and got out of the inning with no more damage done.

Millar hit his second home run of the night in the ninth, a one-out solo home run. Bacsik, still smelling a complete game, clamped down and got Charles Johnson to ground out and then struck out Andy Fox to end the game.


-Bacsik became the fourth Mets pitcher to win his first two major league outings. The other three were Eric Hillman, Dave Telgheder, and Robert Person.

-Piazza, nursing soreness in his lower back, will start Tuesday's game

-Penny, the losing pitcher, gave up all eight Mets runs.

-Tuesday's game has a noon starting time and the starters are Josh Beckett (2-3, 3.86 E.R.A.) and Al Leiter (8-7, 2.80 E.R.A.)

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