“To me, this is the first round of the playoffs,” Terry Collins said before today’s game.
Well, if that’s true, the Mets came out with Game One.
Homers from Michael Conforto and Kelly Johnson in the second inning got the Mets out to an early 2-0 lead, followed by a Yoenis Cespedes dinger in the fourth.
However, a fourth-inning Wilson Ramos Grand Slam ran Jon Niese from the game and all the way back to Panic City. An RBI double by Jayson Werth made it 5-3, and just like that, the Mets seemed destined to lose Game One of Terry’s playoffs.
Led by Cespedes, the Mets weren’t giving up that easily. A fifth-inning Curtis Granderson RBI double and a sixth inning Travis d’Arnaud sacrifice fly tied it up, making it anybody’s game. Superb outings out of the bullpen by Carlos Torres, Erik Goeddel, and Dario Alvarez kept the game in tact, setting up a monstrous stage for the seventh inning.
RBI’s by David Wright, Daniel Murphy, and Cespedes, made the game 8-5 Mets, a lead in which the bullpen, led by Hansel Robles (two innings pitched, four strikeouts) and Jeurys Familia promptly secured for a win.
Game Two of the NLDS-er, I mean this meaningful September series-will be lashed out tomorrow night at 7:00pm at Nationals Park. Matt Harvey, with certainly a lot on his mind, will take on Jordan Zimmermann in effort to prove-or possibly even in effort to disprove-that he can be a part of this playoff run.