The Mets not only swept the series, but crushed Arizona, scoring 39 runs to
Arizona’s 7. Monday’s and Thursday’s games were relatively close, with the
Snakes losing 4-1 and 3-1, respectively. But Tuesday and Wednesday were
absolutely disastrous- the Snakes lost 14-1, then 18-4.
The Padres took two of three from the Houston Astros and did not play Thursday,
allowing them to gain 2.5 more games over Arizona in the standings. The Dodgers
also picked up a game on Arizona, bringing the two teams into a second-place
Monday, Brandon Webb pitched for the D’Backs against Tom Glavine. Both starters
lasted eight innings, giving up only five hits. But Glavine only gave up one
run, on a two-out double by Shawn Green that scored Luis Gonzalez in the bottom
of the seventh inning. The Mets scored an insurance run in the top of the
ninth, when Victor Diaz homered off of Tim Worrell, and the D’Backs lost 4-1.
Claudio Vargas headed to the mound for Arizona against Victor Zambrano on
Tuesday. Zambrano gave up only one run on six hits in eight innings, but Vargas
was not so fortunate. The Mets jumped on him for eight runs on ten hits in five
innings, half of which came in the top of the second. Lance Cormier proved to
be no relief for Arizona when he replaced Vargas, pitching only one inning and
allowing six runs on five hits. The Mets didn’t score for the rest of the game,
but the damage had already been done, and Arizona lost 14-1.
After the devastation on Tuesday, the D’Backs turned to Russ Ortiz, who made
only his third start since experience a stress fracture in his rib cage. He
managed only four innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits. The D’Backs
bullpen again proved disappointing, allowing 11 more runs, including four from
Greg Aquino and five from Buddy Groom. New York starter Jae Seo garnered his
sixth win, pitching seven innings and allowing only two runs on seven hits.
Despite scoring two runs off of Mets reliever Aaron Heilman, they still faced
their second-straight destructive loss at the hands of the Mets, 18-4.
Coming off the two major losses, Arizona faced another date with disaster on
Thursday when Pedro Martinez started for the Mets. He took a no-hit bid into
the sixth inning, when Luis Gonzalez broke the string with a one-out single.
Arizona scored a run off of reliever Roberto Hernandez when Chad Tracy homered
in the bottom of the seventh, but the offense continued to flounder. Although
Arizona’s bullpen fared much better than in the last two games, the D’Backs
still lost, 3-1.
Many D’Backs expressed sentiments about wasted opportunities in the four-game
series, including Thursday’s starter, Javier Vazquez, who was handed his 13th
loss despite pitching seven innings and giving up only two runs off four hits.
``It's just disappointing to be losing all these
games, man. It's really frustrating. We're not getting the job done and we're
not winning games,” Vazquez told the Associated Press (AP).
Craig Counsell, who went 0-12 in the series, also expressed frustration.
``We had chances. [Martinez] struggled with his command and that got the pitch
count up pretty fast but you've got to get that hit that brings in some runs. We
just couldn't get it,” he explained to AP.
Despite the miserable series, Arizona did see one major highlight- a career
milestone for Shawn Green. Green hit his 300th career home run in
Wednesday’s lost, a two-run homer off of Aaron Heilman in the bottom of the
eighth. However, Green revealed that it came at a bad time.
``There wasn't a lot of good feelings about [the home
run], the way the last two games have gone. I knew the 300th would come at some
point and relatively soon, but tonight wasn't a real good night for it,'' he
said to AP.
Arizona remains at home for three
games against the wild-card leading Philadelphia Phillies. They will then face
the NL West for six games, heading to San Diego for three, then returning home
for three against the San Francisco Giants.