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...
Jordany Valdespin caught Brandon Belt's deep fly ball to center field for out #30.
- 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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