M&M produced last night for the Mets, both homering. The first M is John Maine. The other M is Lastings Milledge, the second year player better known for the problems he's caused himself than for his play.
The action began in the fourth when Pirate starter Ian Snelling threw a high 1-0 fastball to Maine. Maine's shot just cleared the left field fence, landing in the Pirate's bullpen to his disbelief. The blast drove in the second M, Lastings Milledge, and upping the score to 6-2.
A Mets pitcher hadn't hit a home run since June 20, 2006 when Steve Trachsel, now with the Orioles, hit one against the Reds. The Mets won that game 9-2. Trachsel limited the Reds the two runs in six innings, one less inning than Maine pitched last night.
Milledge, who'll likely return to being a bench player whenever the oft-injured Moise Alou is deemed fit for action again, did some good hitting himself. Milledge went 3-for-3. His two-run homer in the eighth gave the Mets an 8-2 lead.
In addition to hitting a homer, Maine gave one up in the second to Jason Bay, one of two Bay hit in the game. The other came in the ninth off Guillermo Mota whose performance since his return from a suspension for taking performance-enhancing drugs has been underwhelming. Mota's ERA now stands at 5.97. That's worse than Jason Vargas 5.40 ERA.
The New Orleans Zephyrs for whom Vargas pitches won 4-2. Willie Collazo pitched the last three innings, giving up only two hits and no runs. His ERA's 3.49.
If Minaya believes the Big Club needs another reliever, instead of trading for one with another Big League club he should make an "internal" trade. Swap Mota for Collazo.
Cyclones fans: Read an interesting interview with reliever David Koons.