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04/20/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News:Mets swat seven deep, crush Phillies: NL roundup"
Mets tie club record with seven homers in a game; Padilla's retun for Philly forgettable and the rest of the NL from Tuesday night.
By Trent Harrison
If Chicken Little had been in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the poor feathered fowl would be running the streets certain of the coming of the apocalypse. The New York Mets got the sticks out and swatted away mercilessly at Philly starter Vincente Padilla in his return As RF Victor Diaz and SS Jose Reyes connected for a pair of homeruns apiece, while Mike Piazza, David Wright, and 1B Doug Mien... you know who also homered for the Mets to tie a franchise record for single game dings. Victor Zambrano got his first win as a Met with relative ease, going six innings and allowing eight hits while striking out five. Maybe the Mets and skipper Willie Randolph felt they needed to prove that more than one team in the Big Apple could put up double digits on the scoreboard. Every starter for the Mets, including Zambrano got at least a hit in the win. Let's go around the NL horn now shall we....
The Dodgers have the best record in the majors at 11-2 with an 8-6 come-from-behind victory over the Brewers yesterday. The Dodgers mounted a six-run comeback that ended with a Milton Bradley two-run shot in the tenth after they spotted the Brew Crew six runs early on. This gives LA their seventh winin a row.
Colorado decided to start their season finally with an 8-1 win over Arizona as rookie Jeff Francis got his first win going seven and a third, allowing four hits and striking out the same. LF Matt Holliday went 4-4 with three RBI's and SS Clint Barmes continues his steady hitting going 3-4.
St. Louis pitcher Matt Morris got his first win with some help from All-Stars Albert Pujols( 3-5), Jim Edmonds( fifth homerun), and also from Abraham Nunez, the new shortstop who went 4-4, as the Cards swept the Pirates with a 7-1 win. The Cards have won five straight.
The Marlins got a 6-3 win to sew up a two-game set with the Washington Nationals in RFK, as fifth starter Brain Moehler got the win, with 1B Carlos Delgado cranked his second homer of the year.
Chicago got a strong performance from ace Mark Prior and two hits and a homerun apiece from CF Corey Patterson, C Michael Barrett, and 1B Derek Lee to mow down to Reds 7-1. Prior has yet to give up an earned run, thanks in part yesterday to exceptional fielding plays by Patterson.
And in Houston, rookie Brad Backe got his first win as the Astros took down the Atlanta Braves by a score of 5-3. BAcke went seven innings while striking out eight and Biggio, Lane, and C Brad Ausmus got two hits apiece.
Catch you later folks, enjoy your baseball wherever you are!