Justin Turner Walk-Off Hit Leads Mets Over the Cubs


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Justin Turner collected three hits in five at-bats on Friday night, but none bigger than his ninth inning double that plated Jason Pridie to give the New York Mets a 5-4 win over the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.  Nick Evans led off the inning with a single to up the middle and was replaced by Pridie upon reaching first.  Pridie advanced to second on a Josh Thole sacrifice bunt and after an intentional walk to Jose Reyes, Turner delivered the game winning hit. Mets manager Terry Collins had no doubt the rookie second baseman would come through for his club:

One thing about Justin Turner, I knew he was going to hit it, I didn’t know where it was going to go, but I knew he was going to hit it.”

With NY trailing 3-1, Jason Bay crushed a double to left field — his second of the game — scoring David Wright to cut the Cubs lead to one run before the Mets eventually tied the game at 3-3 on a Nick Evans fielders choice ground out later in the frame. Bay extended his hitting streak to eight games and he is now 12-for-27 with 10 runs batted in and four multi-hit games over that span.  Man, when Bay is hot he is scorching.  It would be nice to see him finish the season strong and give us Mets fans somewhat of a positive feeling about him heading into next season.  Before his torrid stretch Bay was in a mired 2-for-42 slump and it seems as if the slumps always outlast the hot streaks.  Maybe, that will change this time around.

Mike Pelfrey gave the Mets 6 2/3 solid innings allowing three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three.  He worked his way out of a self induced bases loaded jam in the first inning before retiring seven straight batters.  His biggest mistake came in the bottom of the third when he left a pitch out over the plate to Carlos Pena which was deposited into the center field seats to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead.  After surrendering another run in the fourth, Pelfrey settled down to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless frames.  Big Pelf was in line to get the win until a Darwin Barney broken bat single in the ninth inning  off Manny Acosta tied the game at 4-4, setting the stage for the Justin Turner dramatics.

The Mets are back at it tomorrow afternoon when they send Chris Capuano to the mound to face Randy Wells at 1:10 pm.

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