Remembering Mets History: (2006) Carlos Delgado Hits 400th Career HR

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. 

The Mets were in 1st place with a 13 game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies. Tonight's game was more about Carlos Delgado.

Starting Lineups

It was a slug fest, that featured two of the NL's top sluggers, the Cards Albert Pujols & the Mets Carlos Delgado, both who hit HRs for their teams.

In the home 2nd, Carlos Delgado blasted a lead off HR off Jeff Weaver. It was his 30th HR of the season, giving the Mets an early lead.

 In the 4th, Aaron Miles singled & Chris Duncan doubled off John Maine. Albert Pujols then blasted a three run shot, as the Cards took the lead.

In the 5th inning, Mr. Pujols came to bat with the bases loaded & delivered a grand slam, giving his team a 7-1 lead. The previous years league MVP, would hit 49 HRs & drive in 137 HRs in 2006.

Maine left after five innings, allowing seven runs in six hits & two Pujols HRs. Guillermo Mota, Pedro Feliciano, Chad Bradford & Aaron Heilman all kept the Cards in line, holding them scoreless for the rest of the game.

For the Mets, their own slugger, Carlos Delgado, had a big night as well. After hitting a HR earlier in the game, he had a bigger moment in the 5th inning.

Jose Reyes reached on an error, Paul LoDuca then sibgled. Carlos Beltran hit a grounder to the mound, with Reyes on the move, Weaver tried to nail him at home. Instead Reyes went back to third & all runners were safe to load the bases.

Carlos Delgado stepped in & blasted a grand slam HR. It brought the Mets to within two runs. But on a personal level, it was his career 400th HR.

The Mets scrapped a run in the 6th, but were still down 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Cards put in closer,  Jason Isringhausen. 

With one out, Paul LoDuca singled, setting the stage for Carlos Beltran's walk off HR. It gave New York a 8-7 victory. It was Beltran's team leading 36th HR of the year.


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