In the sixth inning of last night's Mets game, Mike Piazza moved into a tie with Carlton Fisk for the career home run record for catchers. The home run, Piazza's 351st as a catcher and 362nd career home run, came at Dodger Stadium against the team that brought him into the majors. After the game, Piazza said, "It's special to do it here, no question about it. I came up through this organization and they gave me a chance when no one else did. It means a lot. It really does. It's a little emotional for me." It was Piazza's first home run since April 7th, breaking a slump of 16 games without a home run. Gothamist is happy to see Mike Piazza get this record, knowing that it cements his status as the best offensive catcher in baseball history.
The Mets came alive last night, winning the game 9-5 (box score). The Mets scored more runs in the second inning (three) than they did over the three game series (two) against the Cubs. Tom Glavine picked up the win to improve to 3-1. It was his 254th which put him at 41st on the career win list.
As if the Mets offensive explosion wasn't enough, bats in the Bronx also came alive, as the Yankees defeated the A's, 10-8 (box score). The win, which ended an ugly four game losing streak, was the result of a rally in the 8th inning when the Yankees scored six runs. The Yankees 8th inning tally was more than their weekend series as well. Despite the improved offense, Derek Jeter went 0 for 3 and is hitless in his last 28 at-bats, the defense had two more errors for its 21st in 20 games, and Mike Mussina gave up 10 more hits and leads the majors with 52 hits allowed.