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10/15/06 12:04 AM ET

Mets Short Hops: Game 3

Tough night for Trachsel leaves New York trailing in NLCS

ST. LOUIS -- Fielding the Mets' Game 3 loss to the Cardinals on a short hop. ...

In < 25 words ...
A disappointing outing by right-hander Steve Trachsel put the Mets behind the 8-ball in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

Frozen moment
Trachsel gave up a solo home run in the second inning to right-hander Jeff Suppan, who hit his only other big-league home run against Trachsel on Sept. 10, 2005.

Big number
6: The number of walks given up by Mets pitchers. Two of those walks ended up scoring.

Game ball
Darren Oliver -- Five balls: The left-hander entered the game in the second inning and was outstanding. He pitched six shutout innings and gave up only three hits. He struck out three batters and walked one. At one point, Oliver retired nine consecutive batters. He threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes.

Sense of October
The lack of quality starts is catching up to the Mets. They had to go to their bullpen early for the second straight night. They need Oliver Perez to go deep in Game 4 in order to have any chance to win the game.

"We've been in tougher spots than this. We feel like we're in pretty good shape, even though we're down 2-1. Things could change real, real quick, so we'll get some rest tonight and I guarantee you we'll be ready to play tomorrow." -- Mets manager Willie Randolph

Lines of the Game
Jose Reyes
3 AB, 0 R, 1 H, 0 HR, 0 2B, 0 RBIs
Comment: Reyes had a two-out triple in the third inning. It was the only time the Mets had a runner at third base in the game. Reyes was left stranded as Paul LoDuca struck out to end the inning.

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Steve Trachsel
1 IP, 5R, 5 H, 5 BB, 1 K
Comment: It was a bad night for Trachsel from the start. He faced 12 batters and gave up five runs, five hits and five walks before leaving the game with a right thigh contusion.

Next step
The Mets look to try to even the NLCS on Sunday night as Perez goes to the mound. During his career, Perez is 2-5 with a 4.83 ERA against the Cardinals.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.