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Saturday, April 17, 2004

Glavine On; Mets Bullpen Off 

For seven glorious innings last night, Mets fans saw "the plan" coming together perfectly as the Mets were beating the Pirates 2 to 0. Tom Glavine was tossing a masterpiece, allowing only one hit and no runs. Mets fans saw Glavine's confidence increase with every pitch and while he only struck out two, there were no worries because when balls were put in play Mets fielders caught them. In particular, Mike Cameron put on a show making several circus catches that last year would have fallen. However, the plan unraveled when Glavine complained of stiffness in his shoulder and was pinch hit for by Todd Zeile in the bottom of the seventh inning. Orber Moreno came out to start the eight and the floodgates opened. Moreno conspired with the Pirates to deny Glavine his third straight win when he gave up three runs. Art Howe pulled Moreno and inserted Mike Stanton who promptly gave up two runs of his own. The Mets were not through showcasing their shoddy bullpen though. David Weathers came in and gave up two more runs. At the end of the top of the eighth inning, a 2 to 0 lead vanished and the Mets found themselves trailing 7 to 2. The Mets launched an eighth inning rally sparked by lead off singles by Kazuo Matsui and Karim Garcia. Mike Cameron hit a double to bring the Mets within four runs and then an Eric Valent pinch hit home run made the score 7 to 6. Ty Wigginton grounded out to third to end the inning. Dan Wheeler came on in the 9th and pitched a scoreless inning but the Mets allowed Jose Mesa to shut them down in the bottom of the 9th. The Mets lost 7 to 6. After the game Mets manager Art Howe said, "We'll come back tomorrow . . . but this one doesn't taste too good right now."

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