Delgado Demolition Co.

Carlos Delgado is trying to demolish Shea Stadium using nothing more than a bat and a ball.  I get that he’s eager to show that he’s capable of doing the job but he needs to realize there are 12 more regular season games and hopefully a slate of games in Octiober to be played first.  The demolition can wait.

Delgado smacked a pair of HRs off of 2 different scoreboards.  In the first, Delgado’s shot reached the main scoreboard in CF and his second landed on the K counter over the Mets bullpen.

But it was Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR that preceeded Delgado’s 2nd HR in the 6th inning that was the difference maker in the Mets 10-8 win over the Nationals.  Paired with a Phillies loss, the Mets lead is now at 2 1/2 games (3 in the loss column).

Delgado’s first shot was a 2 run HR in the 3rd and gave the Mets a 5-2 lead.  It was estimated at 440 feet and went off of the AL out of town scoreboard, about 1/3 of the way up, in right CF.  Ryan Church hit a solo HR earlier in the inning.

But Oliver Perez was once again unreliable, as the wheels quickly fell of the OP bus.

Perez gave up seven earned runs and eight hits over just 3-1/3 innings. He had gone 13 straight starts with six-plus innings despite walking too many over his last few starts.  Nelson Figueroa and Brandon Knight weren’t much better in middle relief but the bullpen locked it down during the final 3 frames.

Joe Smith started the 6th and gave up a hit and a walk over 1 2/3.  Scott Schoeneweis came in for Smith with Willie Harris on third and he got pinch-hitter Ryan Langerhans to strike out in the 7th inning.

Brian Stokes and Luis Ayala were perfect over the last 2 innings to close it out.  Ayala is now has 6 saves in 7 in chances with the Mets.


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