Nationals’ Traber Too Tough for Mets
Billy Traber performed precisely the way the New York Mets figured he would when they made the left-hander from Loyola Marymount a first-round draft pick back in 2000.
Unfortunately for the Mets, Traber was on the mound for the Washington Nationals on Friday night, and he outdueled Tom Glavine in Washington’s 2-1 victory, which stopped the Mets’ five-game winning streak.
Traber (2-1) pitched into the eighth inning, yielding one run and four hits to earn his eighth major league win. That’s 279 fewer than Glavine (12-5), who was almost as good. He gave up Brian Schneider’s two-run double in the second, and that was pretty much it.
Traber was removed after giving up a leadoff single to Michael Tucker on the first pitch of the eighth. He gave up a home run to the second batter of the game, Paul Lo Duca, his first since May 13.
The only other Mets to get to Traber were Jose Reyes with a double in the third, and Lastings Milledge with a single in the fifth. Both hits came with two out.