It all started in the 3rd inning when Angels starter C.J. Wilson strarted off the inning by walking Ruben Tejada, Juan Lagares then slapped a fastball into left field to bring up David Wright, who caught a hanger and pulled it into the left-center fieled seats. The offense didn't get anything else going until the fifth when David Wright doubled back-to-back with Curtis Granderson to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Daniel Murphy then flew out to the center fielder in what should have been a sacrifice fly, but the 23 year old Mike Trout stopped any chance for a rally by cutting down Wright at the plate.
All the while the Mets had all the runs they needed. Jon Niese pitched a spectacular ball game from the word go. He struck out 9 batters in eight innings of work including Mike Trout once and both Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols twice. The only trouble he got into was in the third When, after walking Trout, Pujols hit a home run that just cleared the wall in right field.
Then in the bottom of the eighth inning rookie sensation Brandon Nimmo walked for the third time of the day. The next batter was Travis d'Arnaud who- had a breakout year this year aside from his slow post season- hit a bloop single to right field that sent Nimmo over to third. Terry Collins jumped out of the dugout to pinch run Eric Young Jr. and pinch hit for his pitcher. Up to the plate was top prospect Kevin Plawecki who was called up in early August after d'Arnaud suffered a calf injury and went on the 15 day DL. Plawecki knocked the first pitch he saw into the gap for a 2 RBI double.
Going to the bottom of the 9th the Mets called on their closer Jenrry Mejia to get the final 3 outs. He got Mike Trout to ground out to Murphy, Pujols to fly out to right, and promptly struck out Josh Hamilton to bring the series to a seventh game.
After the game Mets Manager Terry Collins announced that he would pitch Matt Harvey for game 7 on only three days rest even though Harvey threw 116 pitches in a two hit shutout for game 4. Harvey who recently recovered from Tommy John surgery, returned as the Mets ace this year going 16-6 with a 2.36 ERA and 231 strikeouts in 200.1 innings of work this year before the Mets shut him down to keep him healthy, but allowed him to pitch in the postseason due to his insistance. Harvey is fighting Clayton Kershaw and Jose Fernandez for the Cy Young award.
The Mets, who finished under .500 last year, returned to capture the division this year behind a great pitching staff. Led by Harvey the Mets rotation also includes Zack "The human torch" Wheeler, Noah "Thor" Syndergaard, and Jon Niese. In midseason the Mets called up young lefty Steven Matz to take over for Rafael Montero who would be moved to the bullpen. This move was ridiculed by some who instead thought that the Mets should have traded for a reliever. But Mets GM Sandy Alderson said " We want to keep our farm system healthy, so as to turn our winning team into a winning dynasty". The move certainly paid off as Montero showed considerable improvement after being move to the bullpen in July.
In the meantime Steven Matz - who was moved to the bullpen for the postseason- pitched well at the major league level having an ERA of 3.41! However this still puts him as the Mets 4th starter as Syndergaard piched to a 2.79 ERA and Wheeler to a 3.14 ERA.
Game 7 will start 7:10 ET at Citi Field tommorow. If Harvey pitches well tommorow he will likely win the WS MVP having gone 17 innings of 2 run 21 strikeout baseball. His competition is David Wright who has batted .412 with 3 HR's and 7 RBI's in the series so far.