October 12, 2006: Game One of the NLCS
|Date: October 12, 2006|
|Mets starter: Tom Glavine|
|Winning pitcher: Tom Glavine|
|Key player(s): Carlos Beltran|
|Key play: Beltran's two-run homer|
For the seventh time in their history, the Mets were in the National League Championship Series. For the first time, the began the Series at home. They got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over the Cardinals behind quality pitching from Tom Glavine and a two-run home run by Carlos Beltran.
Glavine pitched seven strong innings for the Mets, allowing only four singles and two walks to the Redbirds. Guillermo Mota and Billy Wagner shut down the St. Louis hitters in the last two innings, each allowing only a walk. No Cardinal baserunner got past second base the entire game.
Cardinals starter Jeff Weaver also pitched well. He had the Mets shut out for five innings on only one hit. In the sixth inning, Weaver retired the first two hitters before Paul Lo Duca hit a single to left. Beltran followed with a home run to right center to give the Mets a two-run lead. The homer turned out to be the only scoring in the game as the Mets took a one game to none lead in the Series.