Josh Thole cracked a game-winning solo homer off Tyler Clippard in the tenth inning to send the dozens of fans in attendance home happy. He also caught all ten innings of stellar pitching from Pat Misch and Hisanori Takahashi. The lefties combined to strike out 14 and walk just 2.
Misch was particularly special (8 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 10 K's, 1 BB). He also induced 19(!) swinging strikes, or 17.4% of his pitches. Compare to his season rate of 5.9%. He retired the leadoff batter in each inning. One brilliant game doesn't make a pitcher but Misch was a joy to watch tonight. Perhaps Misch's attendance at a taping of "Live With Regis & Kelly" this week provided some inspiration (as relayed by Ed Coleman from WFAN).
Solo home runs accounted for all the scoring tonight. Ike Davis went yard in the fourth inning, and Mike Morse did the deed in the seventh. One of my favorite non-Mets, Adam Dunn, went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, looking totally overmatched against our man Misch. Am I a bad fan for hoping Dunn mashes a 450+ foot homer at some point this series?
This is my last recap of the season. The Mets' record in games I've covered is 25-44, a .362 winning percentage. Recapping stinkers probably contributed to my already pessimistic feelings about this organization. Simultaneously, some of my favorite recaps have come after Mets losses -- they often provide the best fodder for commentary. Pardon the navel-gazing for one night, and let me share my favorite recaps of the season:
Beer of the game: Busch Light from Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, MO
It's the beer I drank while in college during the Mets' last playoff appearance. It's cheap, mass brewed and lacking in taste, but it reminds me of college and the 2006 season. So it's the winner tonight.
Unintentionally sexual quote of the game: "That whole push-pull thing can get a little confusing sometimes." -- Gary Cohen
Misch-match for Nats as Pat fans ten
Ike crushes one into the night yet again
Thole cements his spot behind the plate
On a day when Jerry and Omar learned their fate
Big winners: Pat Misch +34.8% (as pitcher), Josh Thole +34.5%
Big losers: Lucas Duda -12.6%, Ruben Tejada -11.2%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Josh Thole home run +42.3%
Teh sux0rest play: Mike Morse home run -20.5%
Total pitcher WPA: +61.5%
Total batter WPA: -11.5%
GWRBI!: Josh Thole
Nice job by itsmetsforme; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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