New York came from two runs down to beat Milwaukee 4-2 in yesterday afternoon's opener thanks to Carlos Delgado, who hit a two-run shot in the eighth inning off Eric Gagne despite what the slugging first baseman called "probably the worst shadows that I've been involved with since I've been in professional baseball." The blast continued Delgado's surprising resurgence—since June 27 he has 20 homers and 60 RBI, more of each than any other NL player in that span—and also continued the nightmare season of Eric Gagne, whose ERA rose to 6.81. Although 26 of Gagne's 39 outings have been clean, he has given up multiple runs in eight games, including three or more on five occasions. As a result, the expensive import has been worse than replacement level this year, contributing a WXRL of -0.42, the lowest mark on the Brewers. Gagne has also given up 10 home runs, a higher HR/9 (2.5) than every pitcher except Oscar Villarreal (2.9), who was released by the Astros for his efforts.
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