10/18/06 1:48 AM ET
Glavine can only watch NLCS play out
'Couple of mistakes' costs typically lights-out lefty in Game 5
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com
It happened because Glavine was not quite as fine as he was last Thursday night in his 2-0 Game 1 victory, when the 40-year-old left-hander pitched seven four-hit innings.It happened because balls that were hit right at fielders behind him in Game 1 seemed to find holes in Game 5. It happened because Glavine said he threw two bad pitches -- the first to Albert Pujols, who homered with one out in the fourth inning, and the second to Preston Wilson, who doubled in a run in the fifth inning a batter before Glavine was yanked because "I thought it was the right time to do it," Randolph said. Glavine wasn't bemused by the early hook. "It was a big game," he said. "You've got to go with our bullpen. It's been going so good."
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Glavine, whose postseason scoreless streak ended at 16 1/3 innings with the Pujols homer, thought his approach might not have been as focused as it was in Game 1. After all, the game was rained out on Monday night when Glavine was already psyched to pitch on three days' rest.There was the delay and then the results. "It was one of those nights when I guess I didn't execute as well as I did in the first game of the series, and that happens," Glavine said. "I certainly didn't expect to go through the postseason without giving up any runs. The teams were too good for that to happen. A couple of mistakes were the difference in the game." Like Game 1, Glavine and Jeff Weaver matched zeros through the early innings. Last time, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run sixth-inning homer, and Glavine and the bullpen made the 2-0 lead stand up. This time, the Mets scored twice in the top of the fourth on Jose Valentin's double, but that early 2-0 advantage quickly evaporated into the ether. Glavine walked three (one intentional) and allowed three runs on seven hits, two of them seeing-eye ground-ball singles off the bats of Jim Edmonds and Ronnie Belliard as the Cards came back to tie the score after Pujols homered in the bottom of the fourth inning. "I'm not going to stand here and say I was as sharp as I was [in Game 1]," Glavine said. "But I'm also not going to say that it was a battle. When I missed, I wasn't missing by a whole lot. They're an aggressive team, and you try to get them to chase some pitches sometimes. They didn't do that [on Tuesday night] as much as they did the other night." And so now the waiting begins. Glavine said he'll feel the knots in his stomach as he watches from the dugout during the remainder of the series. "The anxiety is certainly going to be a little more heightened," Glavine said. "We'll see. Hopefully we'll take these next two games and I'll get an opportunity to pitch again in the World Series."
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.