Big Cat, Vlad Combine To Rob Mets Of Sweep

Roberto Alomar was robbed twice. First, he hit a laser beam in the fifth inning that should have been a game tying two-run double, but Andres Galarraga, the aging "Big Cat" made a diving snare to his left to end the inning. Guererro then threw him out in the eighth inning to keep him from tying the game. The Mets then went on to lose 2-1 on a cool Wednesday evening.

Shawn Estes, who has been shaky of late, pitched well until he made a mistake in the fifth inning. First he gave up an infield single to Jose Macias. Javier Vazquez, the Expos starter, sacrificed him to second, not that it really mattered, as rookie Brad Wilkerson then blasted a two-run home run to make it a 2-0 game.

With two outs and runners on second and third in the form of Alomar and Tony Tarasco, John Valentin lined a single to right field. Tarasco scored easily from third, but Alomar gambled on his speed beating out the arm of Vladimir Guerrero, and was thrown out by a good margin and was tagged as he tried to slide around the catcher and tag the plate with his hand. The score was 2-1 now.

The Mets would threaten in the eighth, loading the bases with two outs, but Scott Stewart, the Expos closer, came in and struck out Rey Ordonez to end the inning. He pitched a perfect ninth, striking out Marcos Scutaro to end the game.


-Roger Cedeno did not start, his hand was still bothering him. He pinch-ran for Mo Vaughn in the eighth inning. -There was a bit of controvesy in the eighth. Mo Vaughn struck out swinging, but the ball got past the catcher. Vaughn ran to first, and the catcher's throw was off the mark. Vaughn clearly made no effort to turn to go to second, and the umpire ruled that he hadn't, as the Expos tried to tag him out as he walked back to first. That drew an extended but losing argument from Expos manager Frank Robinson

The Mets have not swept a three-game series since sweeping the Brewers earlier this year.

The Mets have Thursday off and Friday will bring in the Cincinnati Reds, a chance for them to make up more ground in the wild-card race. Elmer Dessens (7-5, 2.75 E.R.A.), who stymied the Mets in their 9-1 debacle on Sunday will start for the Reds while Pedro Astacio (10-3, 3.10 E.R.A.) will try to continue to be the rock that the Mets lean on for a win.

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