You can never. And I mean NEVER. Count the Mets out.
The game looked like it was surely over after Yoenis Cespdes’ error in the sixth inning let Michael Taylor one-up Ruben Tejada with an inside-the-park grand slam to make it 7-1 Nats.
It seemed like Matt Harvey had a lot on his mind, as, including the runs given up on Cespedes’ error, he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits, striking out six through only 5 1/3.
Yes, an inside-the-park grand slam.
….But the Mets weren’t done.
Walking a total of six times in the seventh inning combined with Cesdpedes’ redeeming bases-clearing double, the Mets came back to tie the ball game at seven.
Pinch-hitting with two outs in the eighth for reliever Addison Reed, recently recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a bomb to right center field, giving the Mets an 8-7 lead.
Tyler Clippard, visiting his old team in Washington for the first time since being traded last year, struck out two in one inning of work. Jeurys Familia shut down the Nats in the bottom of the ninth to secure the win.
What a great win for the Mets. Cespedes redeemed his error with a massive three-run double, Clippard struck revenge against his former team, and Kirk gave a little slap in the face of the organization that has kicked him around so much.
As if the win wasn’t enough, Mets fans received other welcoming news before the game today. The Mets and Yoenis Cespedes altered the clause in Cespedes’ contract to provide for a longer negotiating window, according to the New York Post. This means that maybe-just maybe-the Wilpons are willing to empty their pockets on him-a cornerstone to the team for years to come. Mets fans will have a lot to be excited about for many Septembers to come.
The Mets will turn to Jacob deGrom to finish off the three-game sweep of the Nats tomorrow at 7:05pm. Washington will toss phenom Stephen Strasburg in attempt to stay in the NL East race-but don’t worry, Mets fans-we’ve already won Games One and Two of Terry’s playoffs.
Notable match-ups for tomorrow’s game:
-David Wright-.316 batting average against Stephen Strasburg in 19 at-bats. Strasburg is having an off year, owning a 4.35 ERA-Wright should have the advantage.
-Yunel Escobar-Owns a career .500 (10-for-20) batting average against Jacob deGrom. Escobar has the advantage over deGrom, who is struggling of late.