First it was Carlos Delgado.Â Then, Jose Reyes.Â Next went Carlos Beltran.Â And this evening, when David Wright was hit in the helmet with a 93 mph fastball by San Francisco Giant starter Matt Cain, the destruction of the New York Met core was complete.Â Nothing about the pitch suggested that it was intentional, which made Cain’s sarcastic doff of his cap to the booing Citi Field crowd later when he was removed from the game all the more classless and tasteless.Â Editorial:Â L7 did a song about a particular type of list, and Mr. Cain you’re on mine.
The game was rolling along as a classic pitcher’s duel between Cain and Met starter Johan Santana.Â Then in the 4th inning Luis Castillo singled.Â Wright came up next and was hit by Cain.Â Fernando Tatis pinch-ran and took over at third base.Â Gary Sheffield hit a deep fly ball allowing Castillo to tag and cross to third, from where he scored on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Murphy.
The Giants took advantage of a stunned and depleted Met team in the 6th.Â Bengie Molina’s RBI double scored Freddy Sanchez to tie the game at 1.Â A Ryan Garko RBI single drove in Pablo Sandoval to give the Giants the lead, and an Aaron Rowand ground ball out scored Molina for a 3-1 Giant lead.
While Wright was being taken to the Hospital for Special Surgery for further examination, Santana was taking things into his own hands.Â He threw a pitch that somehow managed to miss the the Giants # 3 hitter, the obese Sandoval, and both benches were warned by home plate umpire Brian O’Nora that no further hit-by-pitches would be tolerated.Â Sandoval took out his frustration on the next pitch hitting it off the facade of the second deck for a 4-1 Giant lead.Â Despite the umpire’s warning, Santana then hit Molina with a pitch, yet was not ejected.Â He was however removed from the game at that point by his manager.
In the 8th inning, Anderson Hernandez led off with a single.Â A Jeremy Reed ground out moved him to second base.Â Cory Sullivan singled to drive in Hernandez and Cain was removed from the game.Â As he headed to the Giants’ dugout to a chorus of boos from the partisan Met crowd, for some reason he doffed his cap.Â Editorial: I lost all respect for Cain at that moment.Â I believe his hitting of Wright with the pitch was accidental.Â But why doff your cap?Â For lack of a better phrase, in my opinion it was a “dick move.”
Jeremy Affeldt relieved Cain and walked the only batter he faced, Castillo.Â Affeldt was replaced by Giants’ closer Brian Wilson who gave up an RBI single to Tatis and a sacrifice fly to Sheffield.Â That tied the game at 4-4 and ensured that both Cain and Santana would receive no decision.Â What was left of the Met roster was not able to carry any momentum from Cain’s foolishness and Molina homered off of Met closer Francisco Rodriguez in the 10th which eventually gave the Giants the 5-4 victory.
I’m sure Yogi Berra would put it this way:Â “The doctors did a scan of David’s brain and it showed nothing.” According to the SNY post game telecast nothing abnormal appeared in a CAT scan of Wright’s head.Â Met fans can take heart in the organization’s recent fine handling of concussions.
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