In what was supposed to be an All-Star pitching match between R.A. Dickey and Cole Hamels, turned into a night that was about another All-Star, David Wright.
In a dramatic comeback, the New York Mets were down 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth before scoring two runs off closer Jonathan Papelbon. The game ended on a bases loaded opposite field bloop single by Wright to score Jordany Valdespin.
Dickey has come through this entire season for the Mets and now the Mets offense did the same for him. Dickey allowed 11 hits in seven innings, giving up five earned runs. It was not the best night for the All-Star knuckleball pitcher, as he didn’t have his command like he as had for almost the entire season. In fact, Dickey seemed liked he was a normal knuckleball pitcher. It seemed unpredictable and at times wild.
However, the Mets were able to do some damage on Hamels as well. They Mets took a 4-3 lead after Wright hit a two-run homer, the 11th of the season. But after the Phillies took the lead 5-4, the game was looking like a loss for the Mets heading into the ninth.
Ike Davis led off the ninth inning, who is batting .198 for the season and he lined a double just over the head of Jimmy Rollins to start the inning. It was at that point in the game that the electricity in the ballpark went to a new level. The crowd was into the game and you could just feel that this Mets team was going to find a way to win this game.
After catcher Josh Thole laid downed a sacrifice bunt to move Davis to third, there was one out with the struggling Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate. Nieuwenhuis struck out on three pitches which left the game in the hands of Valdespin. The same guy who hit his first career home run against Papelbon a few months ago. That must have been on the closers mind, as he pitched to Valdespin like an All-Star, not the.222 hitter that he is this season. This led to Valdespin getting pitched inside throughout the whole at bat until he got hit in the leg.
The next batter was Ruben Tejada who had the most impressive at bat of the night. He worked the count full and fouled off a couple of pitches before watching ball four to make the bases loaded. Then it was Daniel Murphy’s turn. Murphy hit a rope up the middle that hit Papelbon and rolled into foul territory. The tying run scored and the bases were still loaded.
As if this game couldn’t be scripted any better, Wright now came to bat with the chance to be the hero. The hero that he has been all season for this Mets franchise. He has carried them on his back with his offensive prowess and his leadership qualities. He is the type of hero that gets unnoticed and is overshadowed by another New York team. This time though, he had a chance to get recognized in a big way and he delivered. The bloop single to right followed by his teammates piling on Wright in between first and second base was the perfect symbol of the Mets season.
It was a complete team effort that was led by the captain of their team Wright. They won the game the way they have been winning most of their games this season, by playing solid defense, playing fundamentally sound and getting two-out runs. It was a great win for the Mets and their fans.With each passing day, more and more people are becoming believers of the Mets.
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