The Mets lost a series against the last place Nationals. That marked the lowest moment of this season for the New York Mets. I, along with many other Mets' fans, lost all hope right then and there. We all sat back and started thinking about 2010. That's when the Amazins' surprised me.
After losing the first game of a three-game series at Houston, the Mets won the next two games. Jon Niese and Livan Hernandez pitched solid games and picked up the victory. David Wright, Omar Santos and Jeff Francoeur hit homers during the first game and in the second game Wright and Francoeur both drove in two runs. Other stand outs during these two games were Daniel Murphy (3-for-10 with a RBI and two doubles) and Luis Castillo (4-for-8 with three RBI and a double).
Going into Monday's game I still didn't believe, but the events that occurred during this game have changed that. The Mets' highlights of the game are as follows.
Francoeur hits his third homer as a Met in the fourth inning, making it 2-1 Rockies.
Oliver Perez pitched a solid five innings with five strikeouts but gave up two homers.
Murphy drove in a run in the sixth with a single, Cory Sullivan then hit a sac fly to tie the game 3-3.
Brian Stokes pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, keeping the game tied.
Then came the moment that made me believe.
With the bases loaded, one out, bottom of the eighth, Fernando Tatis pinch hits for Sullivan. He has a low .239 average and has already grounded into 13 double plays. With an 0-2 count, Tatis hit a grand slam.
Tatis, who has grounded into double plays 25% of the time and is in the middle of a terrible year, hits a grand slam. Did anyone think this would happen? Did anyone believe this could happen?
With one swing of the bat, Fernando Tatis has put all the belief and hope right back into my body. Will the Mets rally and win the Division or Wild Card, I don't know but I'm certain that the Amazins' will fight back.
No matter what happens, I'm finally believing again, and I hope all of you are too.