Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twin Terrors Lead Mets Ventura, Alfonzo Key Contributors

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twin Terrors Lead Mets Ventura, Alfonzo Key Contributors

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SAN FRANCISCO -- So which one is the team MVP, the third baseman with 27 home runs and 97 RBI, or the second baseman who has committed a league-low two errors this season?

Is it Robin Ventura, who hit his third grand slam of the year Sunday? Or is it Edgardo Alfonzo, who flew from his uncle's funeral in Venezuela on Saturday night, arrived at the hotel at 11:30 p.m., then came out Sunday and went 3 for 5 with a home run and five RBI?

Is it the man at the hot corner who organizes every team prank, buys T-shirts for his teammates, and picked out the official victory song, the Doors' L.A. Woman? Or is it the man at second who is playing Gold Glove-caliber defense after switching positions, moves runners around the bases at will, and is the flawless partner of Rey Ordonez on double plays?

No question, Ventura said. "Fonzie."

Alfonzo, politely, disagreed. "Ventura," he said. "He does everything."

They did everything together Sunday, with the help of Mike Piazza and Kenny Rogers' complete game -- the first for a Met this season -- in a 12-5 romp over the San Francisco Giants. The win gave the Mets the series.

The Mets continued to abuse starter Livan Hernandez, who was 0-4 against them as a starter for the Florida Marlins this season.

When the Marlins put Hernandez on the market, the Mets thought seriously about trying to get him. Instead, they got Rogers, and saw nothing Sunday to make them regret their decision.

Hernandez gave up seven runs in six innings.

The last pitcher to lose five times to one team in a season was the Braves' Tom Glavine, who dropped five to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988.

One former Dodger, still booed in San Francisco as though he still wore an "LA" on his cap, continued an offensive tear. Mike Piazza was 2 for 4, hitting a home run in his third consecutive game. …

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