The Mets rewarded east coast fans who stayed awake to watch this roller coaster of a game with an 8-7 victory in ten innings. Scott Hairston blasted a solo home run in the top of the tenth to give his team a 7-6 lead, which was later extended to 8-6 on a safety squeeze executed by Rob Johnson. Manny Acosta mercifully notched a save in the bottom half of the frame.
It was Hairston's second longball of the game; he tied it at 4-4 in the eighth inning with a two-run shot off one of the best relievers in baseball, Sergio Romo. Then the Mets took the lead, 6-4. Then the Giants tied the game, 6-6, against Bobby Parnell. Then the Mets regained the lead, 8-6. Then Acosta allowed a run before shutting the door. It was a hot mess out there tonight, featuring 11 pitching changes, crappy defense, and a flock of birds circling the field as the action moved to extra innings. We are all thankful it's over.
We knew it was over when...
- Justin "Clutch Gene" Turner hit a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning to give the Mets a 5-4 lead. He later scored on an infield single by Johnson.
- Andres Torres went 2-for-3 and received a warm ovation from the AT&T Park fans before his first plate appearance.
- Jeremy Hefner was serviceable once again. He allowed four runs in 5.2 innings but his line would have looked better had Ronny Cedeno been able to turn a double play in the sixth inning. A run scored on the play and another scored two batters later before Hefner was removed for Ramon Ramirez. Hef struck out five and walked three.
- Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with 4 strikeouts. Whoops.
Nice job by MetsFan4Decades; her effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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