Tuesday August 22nd 2006: In a preview of that years NLCS, Tony Larussa's first place St. Louis Cards (66-58) came to Shea to play Willie Randolph's first place Mets (76-48) in front of a big crowd of 49,661.
In a slug fest of two of the NL's top sluggers, the Cards Alber Pujols blasted two HRs, one a 5th inning grand slam & the other a three run blast in the 4th inning. Both HRs & all seven RBIs came off the Mets starter; John Maine.
After Maine, Gillermo Mota, Pedro Feliciano, Chad Bradford & Aaron Heilman all kept the Cards in line holding them down scoreless.
For the Mets, their slugger Carlos Delgado, had a big night of his own, reaching a career milestone. In the bottom of the 2nd, Delgado hit a solo HR his 30th of the year.
In the 5th was his the big blow, with the bases loaded (Jose Reyes, Paul LoDuca & Carlos Beltran) Delgado blasted a grand slam, it was his career 400th HR.
The Mets were still down 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning facing Jason Isringhausen. With one out, Paul LoDuca singled, setting the stage for Carlos Beltrans walk off HR, giving New York a 8-7 victory. It was Beltran's team leading 36th HR of the year.