With apologies to Chris Berman for the headline, minuscule Ruben Tejada was the hero tonight for the Mets, driving in Ike Davis from third and Luis Castillo from first in the bottom of the ninth to give the Mets a 4-3 win over the Beermakers.
The Mets trailed the Brewers 3-2 at entering the bottom of the ninth, facing closer John Axford who struck out David Wright looking to strand runners on first and second in the eighth. Davis led off the ninth with a double to the wall in right center, after which I not-so-presciently tweeted:
Leadoff double for Davis. Just three short outs before he's stranded at second to end the game.
Nick Evans followed Davis by striking out and Josh Thole hit a 2-1 excuse-me bloop single to left that sent Davis to third. Luis Castillo came on to pinch run for Thole, and before he had a chance to stretch out his cranky knees Tejada had sent Axford's first offering skyward into the gap in left center field. Davis scored easily while Castillo, who knew it was a hit all the way, puttered around the bases and flopped into home for the winning run.
Not pictured: the ball. I don't know if Castillo fell or aborted a slide or if his legs just gave out entirely, but this might have been the least graceful winning run I've ever seen.
Other things that happened:
- Mike Pelfrey didn't pitch horrendously, but he didn't pitch especially well, either. Five hits, four walks, and two strikeouts in 7.1 innings. He had a 13-6 grounder-to-fly ratio, which was nice, but just four of his 108 pitches went for swinging strikes.
- Carlos Beltran left the game in the sixth inning with "right knee discomfort". He will be evaluated further. Beltran is hitting .329/.373/.618 in September.
- David Wright hit his 27th home run of the season, a two-run shot in the sixth off Randy Wolf. His 1-for-4 night dropped his on-base percentage to .358, which the lowest full-season mark of his career, well below the .381 he posted in 2006.
These teams play a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4:10pm.
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Good bet to master the Line of Mendoza
Big winners: Ruben Tejada, +60.0% WPA, Chris Carter, +17.4% WPA
Big losers: Nick Evans, -25.0% WPA, Jose Reyes, -17.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Tejada two-run game-winning double in ninth, +54.6% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Evans strikeout in ninth, -16.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -4.5% WPA
Total batter WPA: +54.5 WPA
GWRBI!: Ruben Tejada
Nice job by itsmetsforme; his effort in the game thread embiggens us all.
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