9/4- Birthday Present for Mike: Another Mets Win

One wonders if Mike Piazza had a hard time getting out of bed today, his battered catcher's body having turned 34 years old. With his average well below .300 and his wrist having tendinitis that will likely bother him the rest of the season, he might have wondered if there was anything to a position change. Then he got to the ballpark and played and for one night, he played like a much younger Piazza, hitting a home run and the rest of the Mets followed, hitting three more in the game.

Piazza's blow seemed to loosen up the rest of the Mets line-up as they thouroughly drubbed Marlins pitcher Julian Tavarez and several Marlin relievers as they crushed them 11-3, scoring in double digits for the second game in a row.

Edgardo Alfonzo, who has picked up where he left off before going on the DL in early August, homered as well, and so did Jeromy Burnitz and recently recalled Ty Wigginton.

Pedro Astacio overcame one bad pitch to Mike Lowell, who hit a three-run home run on that offering, to pick up his twelfth win of the year. Steve Reed pitched one inning, and minor leaguer Pedro Feliciano pitched the last two innings in his first ever major league appearance.


-Mo Vaughn, Alfonzo and Burnitz all had two hits apiece in the game and the Mets had 13 hits overall.
-Thursday's starters will be Steve Trachsel and Brad Penny
-Before Thursday's game, there will be a ceremony honoring the victims and the heroes of the 9/11 tragedy.

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