Extra-inning Walk off!
I don't know about you, but yesterday's game frustrated the heck out of me early.
Bad baserunning, sparse hitting, a waste of an excellent outing by Big Mike Pelfrey, and a bit of what Pink Floyd would call a "creeping malaise."
But three late rallies did away with all of that.
The Mets, down 3-0 to start their half of the 8th, scored 2 in the frame, scratched one run in the 9th, and loaded the bases in the 10th to set-up Carlos Beltran for a game winning bases loaded walk.
Jose Reyes had a huge hit in the 8th to finally break the scoring drought for the Mets. With two runners on Jose smoked one to the gap in left-center. Unfortunately, Reyes got greedy and tried to stretch it into a triple.
That was just a bad mistake--especially when you have Reyes speed and can score on any hit. Still, it was a very big night for Reyes, who continues to hit the ball well.
"It was good hitting and stupid base running," Reyes said.
Carlos Beltran was dominant and also doubled, stole third and scored the tying run in the ninth for the Mets, who have won eight of nine.
"He can take over a game. That's basically what he did tonight," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.
Beltran opened the ninth with a double off Mike Gonzalez and swiped third on a close play with one out. Braves third baseman Chipper Jones thought third-base umpire Greg Gibson missed the call, and replays backed him up.
"It came down to one play and he got it wrong. I never had a guy slide into my glove and be safe," Jones said. "We played a perfect game tonight and we lost."
Fernando Tatis, down two strikes, was hit by a pitch.
Jerry Manuel, who has taken a beating here and on other blogs for some questionable moves during Johan Santana's loss, pinch-hit Luis Castillo for Jeremy Reed.
I thought it was a gutsy move.
It paid off when Castillo tied it with a sacrifice fly. Score one for Jerry!
Then, almost inexplicably, Tatis was picked off first for the third out.
But the game was tied, and momentum had turned in the Mets favor.
"You could see it. Everyone was up. Last year it probably would have been a 1-2-3 inning. It showed we have heart and determination," Ryan Church said.
Frankie Rodriguez pitched both the 9th and 10th innings to earn the victory.
In the bottom of the 10th Jose Reyes reached on an infield single with two outs and stole second. After an intentional walk to Alex Cora, pinch-hitter Ramon Castro earned a walked to load the bases.
And that brought the hero of the night--the hero of the season--up to the plate.
Beltran worked the count full and took ball four to plate the winning run.
The Mets won, all errors and mistakes forgiven, and joy in Mudville.
Enjoy your coffee!
|N.Y. Mets (18-14) «||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||1||4||9||0|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Mets|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||2||2||0||1||0||.274|
|Alex Cora, 2B-1B||3||0||1||0||2||0||0||.333|
|Daniel Murphy, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.277|
|a- Gary Sheffield, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.178|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Ramon Castro, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.292|
|Carlos Beltran, CF||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.374|
|David Wright, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||3||.317|
|Fernando Tatis, 1B-LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Jeremy Reed, RF-LF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.350|
|c- Luis Castillo, PH-2B||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||.321|
|Omir Santos, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.283|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.083|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Ryan Church, PH-RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.269|
|a-grounded out for Murphy in the 8th|
|b-walked for Rodriguez in the 10th|
|c-hit a sacrifice fly for Reed in the 9th|
|d-singled for Putz in the 8th|
|2B - Jose Reyes (4, Jurrjens), Carlos Beltran (7, Gonzalez)|
|3B - David Wright (3, Jurrjens)|
|SF - Luis Castillo (2)|
|RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (15), Carlos Beltran (25), Luis Castillo (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (9)|
|SB - Jose Reyes (11, 2nd base off J. Bennett/McCann), Carlos Beltran (4, 3rd base off Gonzalez/McCann)|
|CS - David Wright (6, 2nd base by Jurrjens/McCann), Fernando Tatis (1, 2nd base by Gonzalez/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|New York Mets|
|Francisco Rodriguez (W,1-0)||2||2||0||0||1||0||0||1.15|
|IBB - Jones by J.J. Putz, by Kotchman, McCann by Francisco Rodriguez|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 95-64, J.J. Putz 24-11, Francisco Rodriguez 26-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 11-6, J.J. Putz 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-4|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, J.J. Putz 7, Francisco Rodriguez 9|