-- Friday the 13th produced both the good and the bad for the Mets. First, the bad happened. In the third inning, with the Mets leading 4-2, the Cardinals' 13th batter of the game, Jim Edmonds, stepped to the plate with Albert Pujols on base and ripped a one-out homer to center to tie the game. The good came when Green prevented the Cardinals from scoring the 13th run of the game, but it was short-lived as the number 13 came back to haunt the Mets when So Taguchi homered in the ninth off Wagner to give the Cardinals a 7-6 lead and an eventual win.
-- Delgado continues to impress in the playoffs, hitting two home runs, raising his postseason total to three. He has now hit safely in each playoff game and is batting .500 for the Division and Championship Series.
-- Chad Bradford entered the game to start the fifth in relief of starter John Maine, who had allowed the Cardinals to score four runs and tie the game. The submariner retired five straight before allowing a two-out single to Yadier Molina in the sixth inning.
-- Heilman prevented the Cardinals from taking the lead in the seventh and then, in the eighth, after putting a runner on with one out, got out of the inning with a strikeout and a groundout.
Sense of October
Lines of the Game
Delgado has definitely embraced the month of October. His solo homer in the fifth off Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter broke a 4-4 game and awoke the LCS-record crowd of 56,349 at Shea Stadium. Delgado's three-run homer in the first, a 440-foot blast to left-center, gave the Mets a 3-0 lead. Delgado is the fourth Met to hit two homers in a postseason game. Rusty Staub (Game 3 vs. Cincinnati in 1973) is the only other Met to hit two LCS home runs in one game. Gary Carter hit two homers in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series at Boston. Edgardo Alfonzo was the last Met to hit two homers in a postseason game (1999 at Arizona in Game 1 of the NLDS). Delgado tied Staub's club mark with four RBIs in an LCS Game. Staub also had four RBIs in Game 3 of the NLCS in 1973, vs. Cincinnati.
5 AB, 2 H, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs
Delgado has hit safely in nine straight games, including the last four regular-season contests.
4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 BB
Reyes reached base four times on Friday night.
4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 3 Ks
Maine was erratic to say the least, throwing 88 pitches in four innings, only 47 of which were strikes.
1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Bradford entered the game and held the Redbirds scoreless after Maine's outing.
1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Heilman stopped the damage in the seventh.
"He's been amazing. He got us started tonight, but we couldn't hold onto it for him. It's too bad."
-- Manager Willie Randolph, on Delgado
Steve Trachsel makes his first LCS start and second career postseason appearance in Game 3 on Saturday, trying to help the Mets rebound from Friday's devastating loss in Game 2.