Last night the Mets fought back late to tie the game and eventually lose in extras…today they flipped the script. After Frank Francisco (along with a combination of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada) coughed up a three-run lead in the ninth, the Mets were able to fight back today and take the game in the 10th inning on an errant throw from Buster Posey. Sound simple? Well it wasn’t…
Let’s just get right into the meat of it here, as the Mets went into the ninth inning with a 4-1 lead and went to their closer Francisco. Normally this would be a no-brainer, except Frank Frank (as some call him) was not particularly effective last night either and Mike Pelfrey had looked great through nine innings, throwing just over 100 pitches. Terry Collins opted to bring in his closer. After two singles, a walk, a ground out, and a run scored, Frank Frank was pulled in favor of Tim Byrdak. The Byrdman (just go with it) immediately struck out the pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez, doing his job before giving way to Jon Rauch. Rauch was then tasked with trying to retire the last hitter of the game with the tying run on first base. Brandon Belt seemingly popped out to shallow left-center field, but BOTH Tejada and Nieuwenhuis could not make the play allowing the bases to clear, and ultimately tying the game and sending it to extras.
In the bottom of the 10th, Lucas Duda led off with a single and was immediately replaced on the base paths with Scott Hairston, which would prove to be HUGE for the Metropolitans. After a sacrifice bunt from Josh Thole, a walk from Tejada and a pitching change, Justin Turner bounced a grounder to short stop that normally would have been an inning ending double play…BUT…due to some double switching earlier in the 10th, the Giants were playing Aubrey Huff at second base. Huff did not cover the bag on the ground ball allowing Tejada to reach second and forcing the new shortstop Emmanuel Burriss to reposition and try to throw out Turner at first, which he couldn’t do. With one out and the bases loaded, Captain Kirk bounced a grounder right to Brandon Belt playing first who fired home to get Hairston. However, when Buster Posey turned to try to turn the inning ending double play at first base Scott Hairston executed a fantastic take out slide which forced Posey to fire the ball into right field allowing Ruben Tejada to score the winning run. A walk off error, that’s the way to describe the last two innings of this game. But, hey, a win is a win. Take them anyway you can get them.
On the bright side Pelfrey was great again today getting grounders and double play balls all over the play.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: I’ll give it to Ruben Tejada who despite being a complete boner in the field in the ninth inning was responsible for 4 of the 5 Mets runs today.
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