Despite all the obstacles that have been thrown at this team, the Mets once again persevered and overcame. The club battled back from a four run deficit to score two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth to win in walk-off fashion to defeat the S.D. Padres 9-8. Lucas Duda supplied the dramatics as the ‘Big Ox’ drilled a two run game winning single that just squeaked past the outstretched arm of Padres second baseman Orlando Hudson, allowing both Justin Turner and David Wright to score. If you missed the last play, be sure to catch the replay on MLB.com by clicking here. After the game, Terry Collins spoke about his team’s resiliency:
I went in there during the scout meeting and told them ‘we’ve got to continue to do what we’ve been doing all summer, and that’s take the blows and move on. You’ve gotta play hard. You’ve got a good enough team that if you play the game right, to win some games. I don’t know what the outcome will be in, but the next 48 to grind it out. Play with your heart, play with your gut and finish it strong,’ so this [exemplifies] exactly what this team is, and that’s why they are great to be around.”
Angel Pagan got things started for the Mets with his third career lead off home run — the first for the Mets this season — to tie the game at 1-1. NY took a 2-1 lead in the bottom half on the next inning when Jason Bay delivered his 200th career home run, drilling a hanging slider from S.D. starter Tim Stuaffer into the left field seats. For Bay, the home run marked his ninth of the season and also extended his hitting streak to a season high ten games.
During the streak, Bay is hitting .447 (17-for-38) with three home runs and nine runs batted in, while improving his season average to .250 in the process.
The Mets tacked on two more run in the bottom of the third when David Wright broke an 0-for-7 skid with a two-run blast of his own. Since returning from the DL, Wright has 25 hits in 68 at-bats with three home runs and 18 RBI.
After allowing one run over the first five innings, things started to fall apart for Pelfrey in the sixth. Back-to-back hits from Jason Bartlett and Cameron Maybin placed runners on second and third before Jesus Guzman singled to right to pull the Padres to with two runs, 4-2. After a sac fly pulled the Padres to within one run, Jesus Guzman pulled off a little league stolen base while causing my blood pressure to hit an all-time high in the process. Guzman, who was standing on first, broke for second base as Pelfrey’s hand came set while standing on the rubber. However, what proceeded has become the enigma that is Mike Pelfrey. Instead of keeping his composure and stepping off the rubber and throwing to second to record the second out of the inning, Pelfrey turned and fired a bullet to first allowing the Padres second baseman to slide in safely with, what I call, a little league stolen base. The stolen base would prove costly as Mike laid a flat fastball out over the plate that Kyle Banks drilled into the gap for a game tying RBI double.
Pedro Beato entered the game for the Mets in the top of the 7th, but after a walk, stolen base, and a hit-by-pitch to start the 8th, his night was cut short. He was relieved by Ryota Igarashi who allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Luis Martinez after a sacrifice bunt from Logan Forsythe advanced the runners to second and third. Igarashi struck out the next batter he faced, but the damage was already done, or at least, that’s what I thought. After the strike out Iggy walked Wilson Veneble to load the bases. With the bags full of Padres, for TB Ray, Jason Bartlett broke the game open with a base clearing triple to give S.D. an 8-4 lead.
The two relievers combined to pitch 1 2/3 innings allowing four runs on four hits, two walks and a hit-by-pitch while throwing a utterly disgusting 18 balls on 34 pitches thrown.
As they always seem to do, the Mets battled back to score two runs in the eight, highlighted by a gift RBI double off the bat of new arrival Mike Baxter. With runners on first and second Baxter lifted a high fly ball that was misplayed by Kyle Banks in left field, and tipped just off the top of the outfielders glove leaving Mike safe at second with a pitch hit double in front of some friends and family that made the trip to Citi Field. Sorry we at MetsZilla just couldn’t resist:
Down by two the Mets fought their way back in the bottom of the ninth. Jason Pridie got things started with a lead off single. After Angel Pagan struck out, Justin Turner put toghether an excellent at-bat, battling back from a 1-2 count to drill a hanging 3-2 curveball into left field to put runners on 1st and 2nd. David Wright followed with an RBI single before Lucas Duda made the Mets a winner, with a 2-run single that plated both Justin Turner and Wright. The Big Ox was swarmed by his teammates on the field and got a pie in the face courtesy of Willie Harris, who he treated to an old-fashioned ‘Ox Ride’.
The Mets are back at it tomorrow night at 7:10 pm as they continue their four game series with the Padres when they send Chris Capuano to the mound to square off against Wake LeBlanc.
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