Saturday, August 20, 2011

After An Incredible Comeback, Mets Lose A Heartbreaker, 11-9

  • For the first six and a half innings, only one team showed up to play baseball, and the Mets were not that team.

  • The Brewers were cruising, up 7-1 going into the seventh inning. Then Angel Pagan seemingly woke up the Mets, when he made a spectacular diving catch, robbing Jerry Hairston of an extra base hit.

  • The Mets took that energy with them into the bottom of the seventh, piling on five runs, capped by a huge two-out, two run pinch-hit double by Lucas Duda, trimming the lead to 7-6.

  • K-rod, the set-up man, came in for Brewers in the eighth inning to face the Mets for the first time since his departure but he was no match. Josh Thole delivered a pinch hit RBI double, driving in Ruben Tejada who had walked just before, to tie the game at seven. Angel Pagan followed with a two run bomb into the Pepsi Porch, lifting the remaining Mets faithful to their seats for what would have been one of the greatest wins of the season.

  • Unfortunately, Jason Isringhausen did not have anything going for him today. He faced four batters, walked three of them, and was pulled for Manny Acosta leaving the bases loaded, with the Mets only 9-8, with Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder coming up. All four of those runners eventually scored.

  • Acosta started out beautifully. He got Braun to fly out to shallow right, and got ahead on Fielder with two nasty pitches to get the count to 0-2. Regrettably, Fielder decided this was a good time to improve his MVP candidacy. He hit a pitch that almost bounced through the infield to tie the game. Casey McGehee followed with another two run single, bringing the lead to 11-9, and the Mets were finished. They went down one, two, three in the ninth, and the incredible comeback was no more.

As a Mets fan, I think my life expectancy goes down one year for every year that I am a fan. Watching Izzy pitching that ninth inning, after such a great team effort to regain the lead, was gut-wrenching. I simply feel bad for Terry and the team; to have to swallow this one and come back for an early game tomorrow cannot be easy. This team continues to “Amaze” because even though they have nothing to fight for, they have showed they will do nothing but.

Tomorrow the Mets finish up the series against the Brewers, with R.A. Dickey on the mound against Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo. The game is scheduled to begin at 1:10.

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