Remembering Mets History (2006) Mets Score Season High 17 Runs (Jose Valentin 7 RBIs & Cliff Floyd 5 RBIs)

Saturday July 8th, 2006: Willie Randolph's first place New York Mets (52-36) were hosting Joe Girardi's third place Florida Marlins (38-47).

This was the second game of a doubleheader in which the Mets had lost the first game 3-2. A good crowd of 41,477 had all filled in by the second game & were in for a big hitting scoring day.

This game featured the MLB debut of Mike Pelfrey as he went up against the Marlins' Ricky Nolasco.

Pelfrey had a good MLB debut, pitching five innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out three. He would be relieved by Henry Owens who would pitch just three games as a New York Met. Pedro Feliciano & Aaron Heilman would close it out, each pitching a scoreless inning. Pelfrey earned his first career win.

The 2006 Mets offense was in full support today, giving the Mets pitchers 17 runs to work with. Most of them came from the bat of veteran Jose Valentin & Cliff Floyd. 

Jose Valentin had been given a chance by the Mets as he was signed as a 36-year-old free agent. He ended up taking over the second base position from Kaz Matsui & had a fine year, batting .271 with 18 HRs 24 doubles & 62 RBIs. He had his best Mets day on this day. 

In the home 1st, the Mets' Endy Chavez tripled & was brought in on a Paul Loduca single. Carlos Beltran walked & Cliff Floyd singled to load the bases. Jose Valentin stepped in & hit a grand slam HR to right field. It was his ninth HR of the year. It was quickly a 5-0 Mets lead. 

The Marlins came back with two runs off Pelfrey in the top of the 2nd.

In the 2nd inning, the Mets knocked Rickly Nolasco out. With two outs Paul Loduca was hit by a pitch, Carlos Beltran then singled & David Wright drew a walk. Nolasco walked Cliff Floyd & then final blow came when Jose Valentin continuing his big day, tripled to right field clearing the bases. It gave him seven RBIs for the night, giving the Mets a 9-2 lead. 

In the 4th inning, Beltran led off with a walk. Then with one out, Cliff Floyd hit his 7th HR of the year, it came off Jason Vargas, making it 11-3 Mets. 

In the 5th the Mets attack continued, three straight singles by Chris Woodward, Xavier Nady & Endy Chavez started it off. Then back-to-back, ground rule doubles by David Wright & Cliff Floyd made it a 16-3 game. On the Floyd double both LoDuca & Wright scored. As Floyd had his five RBIs in the game.

Valentin had the two hits, a double & grand slam &seven RBIs. Cliff Floyd had three hits, including a HR five RBIs & five runs scored. 

Paul LoDuca had a two hit day, with three RBIs & Endy Chavez had himself a three hit day as well.

At the end of this day the Mets had a 12 game lead over the second place Philadelphia Phillies & a 12.5 lead over the Florida Marlins in third place.


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