Jordany Valdespin Gets Matt Harvey Off the Hook

By Ryan Gaydos
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets gave Matt Harvey the ball against the tough Los Angeles Dodgers and it was not Harvey’s best game of his great season so far but he still pitched very well allowing three runs on four hits in six innings of work. Harvey also struck out seven batters while throwing 90 pitches before being pinch hit for by Justin Turner. With Harvey in the game, the Mets only scored one run but the real heroics came in the bottom of the ninth.

With one out and Jordany Valdespin at the plate with the bases loaded down 7-3, Dodgers’ reliever Josh Wall got into his windup and threw the pitch to Valdespin. The result was unexpected by everyone at Citi Field.

Valdespin’s home run landed on Shea Bridge and ultimately won the game for the Mets 7-3.  It is Valdespin’s first home run of the season and it comes at the most opportune time. It comes after Mark Ellis slugged two home runs against the Mets Tuesday night and it ties the series up going into the rubber match of the three-game set Thursday with Jeremy Hefner getting set to take on Ryu Hyun-jin.

Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam was the first by a New York Met since Kevin McReynolds hit one off of Scott Ruskin on June 25, 1991. Valdespin joins McReynolds and four others to hit a walk-off grand slam in franchise history, which includes Tim Harkness, Mike Jorgensen, Jim Hickman and Tim Teuffel.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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