Delgado & Daniel-San Deliver

Where would the Mets be without Carlos Delgado?

Certainly not first place.  The Mets bounced back from their 7 run blown lead debacle on Tuesday and beat the Phils 6-3 to regain first place by a 1/2 game.

Delgado hit his 2nd solo HR of the night in the 8th last night to tie the game and start a 2 out rally.  Carlos Beltran followed with a single and a steal of 2nd and then Ryan Church was intentionally walked to bring rookie Daniel Murphy to the plate.

Daniel-San broke an 0-for-16 slump with a double that drove in the go ahead run and Brian Schneider followed with a 2 run single to put the Mets up 6-3.

It sounds strange to say after what he did in April & May but Delgado is the straw that stirs the Mets drink.  It sure isn’t Beltran and David Wright is having an A-Rod-esque season of good numbers on paper but it feels like almost everything he has done has been inconsequential.

Johan Santana had an OK start (for him), he gave up 3 runs, 5 hits, and 3 walks while picking up 6 Ks over 6 innings.  He gave up 2 HRs to account for the 3 runs, one of which was a cheapo Citizens Bank Park HR.

But it was the Mets bullpen that was the big pitching story.  Following their horrible perfromance on Tuesday, 4 pitchers combined for 3 innings of 1 hit, shutout ball.  Brian Stokes picked up the W and Luis Ayala got the save.

The Mets are now 10-5 against Philly this season.


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