10/06/06 1:07 AM ET
Mets Short Hops: Game 2
Two veterans, Glavine and Franco, provide heart and hustle
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
Tom Glavine hurled six scoreless innings, and his offense proved opportune in a 4-1 victory that enabled the Mets to take a 2-0 series lead. Frozen moment
Some may think Julio Franco was born during the Ice Age, but the 48-year-old first baseman still has plenty of desire left in his healthy body. When Franco beat the throw at first base to squash a potential double play that would have ended the sixth inning without the Mets scoring a run, his hustle allowed Cliff Floyd to score and, more importantly, provided more positive influence for his younger teammates.
.235 -- The Dodgers' batting average through the first two games of the National League Division Series. They were limited to five hits in 32 at-bats on Thursday night.
Tom Glavine -- five balls: From the outset, it was apparent that this postseason-savvy southpaw was mentally focused. Glavine allowed just four hits in his six scoreless innings, and he threw first-pitch strikes to 14 of the 24 batters he faced. The lefty didn't allow a hit before surrendering consecutive one-out fourth-inning singles to Nomar Garciaparra and Jeff Kent. Endy Chavez -- four balls: Before the game, Mets manager Willie Randolph was questioned about his decision to play the left-handed-hitting Endy Chavez with the Dodgers starting left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo. Chavez's speed paid immediate dividends when he opened the third inning with a bunt single that led to him scoring the game's first run on Jose Reyes' groundout. His fifth-inning single helped produce another run.
Jose Valentin -- two balls: The veteran second baseman still hasn't recorded a hit in the four at-bats he's had in this series, but he provided a clutch plate appearance in Thursday's fifth inning, when he looked at two straight strikes and then drew a leadoff walk that led to him scoring on Paul Lo Duca's sacrifice fly.Sense of October
When the series opened on Wednesday, the Mets set a Shea Stadium Division Series record with an attendance of 56,979. They broke that record on Thursday, when 57,025 fans made their way through the turnstiles. After Reyes' sixth-inning RBI single, the fans created a stir strong enough for one to feel the stadium rock back and forth. Lines of the Game
7 AB, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 RBI
Comment: Despite getting just one hit out of Reyes in the seven at-bats he's had in the series, the Mets' offense has kept clicking. On Thursday, the exciting leadoff hitter produced a third-inning RBI groundout and a clutch sixth-inning RBI single.
10.1 IP, 1 ER, 10 H, 4 BB, 7 Ks
Comment: This is the combined line posted by John Maine and Glavine through the first two games of the series. The Dodgers haven't scored a run off a Mets starter since Wednesday's second inning.
"It's not time for us to feel this thing is over. We need to keep truckin'." -- Glavine, on the Mets' 2-0 series lead
With a 2-0 lead in the series, the Mets are just one win away from advancing to the National League Championship Series. They'll send veteran right-hander Steve Trachsel to the mound to face Greg Maddux in Game 3 at Dodger Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.