Two HRs by Ike "Money" Davis, two HRs by "In Rod We Trust" Barajas, including a game-winning walkoff, and a catch by Ike that was the play of the day.
Oh it was a dramatic night...
Rod Barajas' hand hurt...he got called for catcher's interference when Mike Pelfrey's pitchout wasn't wide enough and the crafty Giants catcher, Eli Whiteside, swung the bat and hit Rod in the mitt...it hurt, and Barajas knew his swings were painful, and therefore limited.
"I told myself I probably got one good swing," he said. "Once I take that swing, my finger's going to go numb."But one swing was all the Mets needed from him in the bottom of the 9th as he took Sergio Romo deep with one on (Ike Davis walked) and one out.
Barajas cherished the moment:
"My whole body went numb after it went over the fence," Barajas said.The older veteran catcher and the rookie phenom first baseman played alpha-omega for the Mets and led the team to victory.
Ike was moved down in the lineup because lefties had been 0 for 17 against Jonathan Sanchez on the year. Ike wasn't phased a bit and had his best game of the year and first multihomer game of his young big league career.
The "Catch" can be seen here...words are tough to describe the acrobatic elegance of what this man can do with the glove.
"My biceps are a little sore from holding onto the fence," Davis said.He added:
"Most of the time you don't get chances repeatedly like that," Davis said. "I got long arms, I guess."Mike Pelfrey also played a key role in the victory, pitching into the 8th inning on a very stingy pitch count. He looked phenomenal and could've pitched a complete game, but Jerry Manuel was cautious with him and went to Valdes in the 8th, who worked out of a jam.
Frankie Rodriguez gave up a tying solo shot in the 9th on a pitiful excuse for a changeup after shaking off the fastball that was called by Barajas.
But it's a team game, and his teammates, Ike Davis and Rod Barajas, picked him up.
It's certainly starting to feel magical around here and I will say this with certainty--these 2010 Mets are an easy team to root for. Johan Santana on the mound today, in a game that could tell us a lot about the rest of his season...I can't wait.
Enjoy your coffee!
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