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A Walk Off Win…literally

 

carlosBeltran.jpgIn keeping with the theme of this series, Pelfrey and Jurrjens gave us another great pitching duel.  Jair Jurrjens (the key component of the Edgar Renteria trade to Detroit) pitched as well as I have seen him pitch.  He started running out of gas in the 8th inning and the Mets got to him.  Up 3-0, he allowed a couple of singles to Reed and Church, before Reyes slammed a ball to the wall in left-center.  Reyes was then thrown out trying to stretch his double into a triple, ending the Mets threat in the 8th.  That wasn’t the only great defensive play by the Braves.  In the 2nd inning, Brian McCann threw out David Wright, attempting to steal 2nd on the back end of a “strike ’em out/throw ’em out” double play.  In the 7th, David Wright was again thrown out, this time at home on an attempted Sac Fly by Fernando Tatis.  The Braves just flat-out made plays on defense.  Mike Pelfrey pitched as well as he had all year.  He ended up going 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, and 3 Ks.  That’s almost identical to Jurrjens, 7 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 BB, 4 Ks.

Despite allowing a leadoff hit, K-Rod got through the top of the 9th.  How do you lead a team?  You hit .370+, lead the team in RBIs, play a sick center field, and get lead off doubles in 9th innings.  Beltran lined a shot down the left field line, crusing into 2nd.  After Wright HRISed and failed to get the him to 3rd, Beltran decided it was up to him to tie the game.  In a ridiculously ballsy moved he stole 3rd and made it by inches.  After Tatis was hit by a pitch, Castillo hit a pinch hit Sac Fly to left to score Beltran and tie the game.  Going to the 10th, K-Rod made it interesting again, but held the Braves scoreless.  In the bottom of the 10th, Jeff Bennett came on and quickly retired the 1st 2 Mets.  This is why Jose Reyes is so dangerous.  He beats out an infield hit and promptly steals 2nd, forcing an intentional walk to Alex Cora.  Bennet unintentionally walks Castro to load the bases.  Running the count full, Bennet then throws a borderline pitch that the umpire called low, to walk in Reyes for the Mets “Walk” off win.  I guess that’s kind of redemption for Sean Green walking in a run in the 10th against the Phillies a week and a half ago.  See, this is why I LOVE Jose Reyes.  Sure, he has his flaws, but with 2 out and no one on, he single-handed changed the entire complexion of the inning.  While on 3rd, he was jumping around, clapping and firing everybody up.  His smile, intensity (when he brings it), and intangibles are what can take the Mets from being good to great.  This is the kind of game that championship teams win, stealing the momentum from an opponent who had them down and out.  With the afternoon game on Wednesday, this is a chance for the Mets to get on another roll before their 10 game road trip.

 

Building Blocks:

  • K-Rod pitched 2 innings tonight.  The last time he went 2 innings in a major league game was 2007.  He also earned his first win as a Met.
  • The Mets are now 1-13 in games they trail after 8 innings.  That is something to work on…
  • The Braves went 2 for 12 with RISP, leaving 10 on base…
  • Beltran, Reyes, and Wright (the Mets 3 best everyday players) each had 2 hits…
  • The Braves had 3 outfield assists on Tuesday…
  • Carlos Delgado missed his 2nd straight game…
  • HRIS is my term for a pop up…Home Run In Silo

 

Wednesday, 1:10, Citi Field, Jo-Jo Reyes vs. Jon Niese…