With the bases loaded in the 13th inning, Justin Turner was hit in the thigh by a Brad Ziegler pitch, and the Mets escaped with a win. The win bumps their record up to 36-38 on the year.
Starters R.A. Dickey and Gio Gonzalez were on their A-games tonight, allowing only a run apiece. They combined for 15 innings and allowed a total of 7 hits, while striking out 17. Heading into the bottom of the 8th, Jose Reyes came up huge with a one-out triple, which was then followed by a Justin Turner RBI single. The Citi Field faithful were ready to celebrate with Francisco Rodriguez coming in for the save.
The A’s, however, had other plans. With 2 outs and 2 strikes, Conor Jackson stroked a single off K-Rod to drive in Coco Crisp and prolong the night. Innings 10-12 featured mainly clutch pitching and very solid defense to preserve the 2-2 tie. In those innings, the teams totaled 9 baserunners, without any of them coming around to score.
-Lucas Duda: Played a key role in tonight’s win. He drove in the first run of the game, and came around to score the winning run.
-Izzy: Pitching against his former team in the 10th, he worked around a throwing error by Ronny Paulino (putting the go-ahead run at 3rd), by freezing Jemile Weeks with a curve for the final out in the inning.
-Mets pitching minus K-Rod: 12 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 14 strikeouts. Filthy.
-K-Rod: If you have Conor Jackson (batting .267) down to his final strike with 2 outs, you have to end the game there.
-Catching Defense: Both catchers threw balls into the outfield trying to throw out basestealers, with both runners moving to third base on the throws.
On Deck: The Mets will try to take the series in tomorrow’s matinee. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 PM.
OAK Godfrey (1-0, 4.76 ERA) vs. NYM Capuano (5-7, 4.29 ERA)