July 17th, 2006


Mets have grand time at Wrigley


The Associated Press
New York Mets’ Endy Chavez, right, greets Carlos Beltran at the plate after Beltran hit a grand slam home run during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Wrigley Field.Mets scored 11 times in the inning and won 13-7.

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO — For the New York Mets, it was a grand slam of aninning.
First, Cliff Floyd homered with the bases loaded. Then, Carlos Beltran did the same. After David Wright added a two-run shot, New York had 11 runs — the most in a single inning in club history.
“It was just amazing to keep going like that. You never think you’re going to score 11 runs in one inning,” Floyd said Sunday night after Mets’ sixth-inning outburst sent them to a 13-7 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
It was one of those hot summer nights at Wrigley Field where the wind is blowing out and the ball is flying over the wall.
New York sent 16 batters to the plate in the sixth and benefited from two errors on Cubs second baseman Todd Walker that led to eight of the 11 runs being unearned. The half-inning, on a muggy 95-degree night, took 41 minutes to play and saw the Cubs make 70 pitches.
“You walk up to the plate and you have to start asking questions of the umpire and to the catcher. I know Michael Barrett. ‘Have you ever see anything like this?”’ Floyd said. “He said, ‘No, I haven’t.’ It’s kind of nothing you can do, wind blowing out, you make pitches and we put swings on them and it happens.”
The Mets’ outburst marked the first time a team had two grand slams in an inning since April 23, 1999, when St. Louis’ Fernando Tatis hit two in the third at Los Angeles.
“Obviously in this ballpark, anything can happen at any time,” Mets manager Willie Randolph said.
“It was a total nightmare. We gave them too many outs. A team like that who can score runs, you can’t give them outs,” Cubs manager Dusty Baker said. “I’ve never seen two grand slams in the same inning.”
New York trailed 5-0 after two innings before showing why it is the highest scoring team in the National League and the one with the best record (55-37).
Floyd’s grand slam was a liner to left field off Sean Marshall (5-8) that just cleared the wall and landed in the basket above the ivy.
The Mets loaded the bases the first time when Beltran reached on Walker’s error, Carlos Delgado hit a sinking liner to center that Juan Pierre couldn’t hold for a single and Wright blooped a base hit to right.
“I think after he (Walker) missed that ball, everything changed our way,” Beltran said.
Floyd, who had a solo homer in the fifth, then delivered his sixth career slam to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. He had only seven homers all season entering the game.
“He got it up in the wind and fortunately for him it carried out,” Marshall said. “It turned the game. ... It was a tough luck inning for us. They scattered some bloop hits and it was tough to watch, but that stuff happens in baseball.”
New York added another run when Walker made his second error, dropping a throw from third baseman Aramis Ramirez, and pinch-hitter Endy Chavez had an RBI single off reliever Roberto Novoa.
Jose Valentin singled to load the bases, and after a runner was cut down at the plate on a fielder’s choice grounder, Beltran sent the Mets’ second grand slam of the inning into the seats in left-center, the fifth bases-loaded homer of hiscareer.
After Delgado doubled, Wright hit a two-run homer to make it 13-5 and Cubs fans in the bleachers began to throw debris on the field in disgust as the grounds crew ran onto the field to clean it up.
“I was embarrassed to be out there today,” Walker said. “I didn’t catch either ball. I was responsible for the 11 runs in that inning. You can pin this game on me. I don’t know what to say.
“It’s humiliating. I wouldn’t wish that feeling on anybody. You want to crawl in a hole.”
Reliever Pedro Feliciano (3-2) worked a scoreless fifth to get the win.
Marshall was staked to a 5-0 lead after two innings when the Cubs drove veteran Orlando Hernandez out after 1 2-3 innings, matching his shortest stint of the season. Hernandez gave up seven hits and five runs.
Marshall ended up lasting just 5 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs — five earned. Novoa lasted one-third of an inning, allowing five hits and six runs, none earned.
Marshall had his first career homer for the Cubs, connecting off Hernandez, and pinch-hitter Phil Nevin hit a two-run shot in the seventh off Aaron Heilman.
Pierre had four of the 15 hits for the Cubs, and Michael Barrett added RBI doubles in the first and second innings to help Chicago jump to the 5-0 lead.
Chris Woodward hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Mets’ first run.
Notes: The Mets’ previous high for an inning was 10 runs against Cincinnati in 1979 and Atlanta in 2000. ... It marked the first time in club history the Mets had two grand slams in the same inning. ... It was the first time in club history the Cubs had given up two grand slams in the same inning, according to team historian Ed Hartig. ... New York, which had 14 hits, had two grand slams this season before Sunday.


Post 489 comes up with road victory

OWEGO — The Cortland Post 489 American Legion baseball team scored four first-inning runs and never looked back en route to an 8-1 win over host Owego Post 401.
Josh Wood, Dustan DiIorio and Aaron Galutz had RBI singles for Cortland in the opening frame, while Wood stole home on a double steal (as DiIorio swiped second) for the other run.
The visitors went up 6-1 in the third as Sean Finucane led off with a double off the left field fence and scored on a DiIorio single to left. DiIorio then stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a suicide squeeze bunt by John Sinsabaugh.
Owego scored its only run in the bottom of the third, but Post 481 scored single runs in the fourth — driven home by a Finucane single — and seventh.
Andrew Foster went 2-for-3 for Cortland, while DiIorio and Finucane both went 2-for-4.
Starter and winner Steve Wright (2-0) combined with Jordan Caldwell and Codi Clayton to toss a five-hitter.
Post 489 has now won two straight to snap a six-game losing streak and will visit Watertown Tuesday for a doubleheader before competing in the District 6 Tournament, which begins Saturday.