That's right Mets fans. The Mets won a game.
They moved the Florida Marlins, the team that has dashed the Mets playoff hopes on the last day of the season for the last two years, one step closer to post season elimination by scoring two runs in the top of the ninth inning off Marlins closer Leo Nunez to come from behind for the victory.
Daniel Murphy and Jeff Francoeur got the party started with back to back singles to lead off the inning, Jeremy Reed followed with a walk while trying to sacrifice the runners over, and Corey Sullivan capped off the rally with a single to left field, driving in the tying and go ahead runs.
Francisco Rodriguez got the save, giving up one hit in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out notorious Met killer Jorge Cantu on three pitches to end the game.
In addition to scoring the go ahead run, Francoeur also provided most of the Mets offense, hitting a three-run home run in the second inning. Francoeur has been one of the few bright spots on this team since he came over to the Mets. How he continues to hit, especially for power, with a torn ligament in his hand is a mystery to me.
Something tells me Ryan Church would have been on the DL for the remainder of the season if he was suffering the same sort of injury.
John Maine makes another start today. I'd like to see him go a little deeper into a game tonight, since this will be his third start since coming back from the DL.
He's pitched well, so well that I actually have some hope for his spot in the rotation next season. I can't say the same for the rest of the Mets rotation. Mike Pelfrey has looked horrible lately, and Oliver Perez...
Anyone that's been a Mets fan for more than 20 minutes knows what I think about Perez. No need to even bring him up and depress ourselves more than we already are.
Let's go 2010...
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