Wednesday, August 31, 2016

More To Be Said

So, after playing a bit of a waiting game before beating the Mickey Mouse Marlins on Monday night, the Mets again spotted them a lead on Tuesday, as Seth Lugo allowed a Home Run to Hamburgers Yelich in the top of the 1st inning, only to come back quickly, and often, as they caught, passed and eventually overwhelmed the Marlins to win for the second straight night. With this rousing 7-4 victory, the Mets passed the Marlins outright in the Wildcard race, and with that restored proper order to the world.

Tom Koehler, who's one of those Kyle Kendrick-types, in that he's been pitching for the same NL East team for several years, and as such has pitched against the Mets about 107 times and for as many times as the Mets and said pitcher face each other, there's no particular pattern to anything. So sometimes, Koehler throws a shutout, and other times, Koehler gets bombed. This time, Koehler got bombed, good and proper, just like a true Marlin should be. Spotted a lead, he handed it back immediately as Jose Reyes singled and Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a 2-run Home Run to tie the game, and after Jay Bruce reached on a rare double, Wilmer Flores drove him in to put the Mets ahead. Later, Curtis Granderson pinch-hit for Lugo in the 6th and hit another Home Run off Koehler. And for good measure, Granderson was kind enough to hit a second Home Run in the 7th, this time off Dustin McGowan to extend the Mets lead.

Lugo was the beneficiary of this, as he once again did a fine job over his 6 innings of work. After allowing the Yelich Home Run, Lugo clamped down and allowed the Marlins no further. Hansel Robles added two scoreless innings in his best outing in about a month, and Jeurys Familia picked up his 43rd Save, and should rather shortly assume his rightful place as the Mets single-season save leader once he picks up #44 and finally removes Armando Benitez from the Mets record books.

I'd like to tell you more interesting things about this game, but I didn't see it so I can only rehash fact. But if you want interesting things, I can tell you some tidbits as they relate to Monday's game.
  • Monday night's game was my first Extra Inning game of the season. I mentioned that yesterday in juxtaposition with 2013. But I only attended two extra inning games in 2013. I've actually never been to more than 3 extra inning games in a season, with 2006, 2008 and 2014 holding the record. 
  • Monday's victory was my 10th Walkoff Mets win since Citi Field opened back in 2009, as well as my first of the 2016 season. Of those 10, this was the first to end on a Home Run.
  • Yoenis Cespedes' Walkoff Home Run was the first Walkoff Home Run I'd witnessed since Carlos Beltran hit one on June 11, 2008, back at Shea Stadium. 

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