Yes, only the Mets could lose one like this. Reminiscent of the balk game in Atlanta. Of course, you remember?
After a dramatic ninth-inning comeback – wouldn’t it be great if Jordany Valdespin could pinch-hit three times a game? – the Mets blew leads in the ninth and tenth innings in losing 5-4 in ten innings to the Nationals tonight.
Resiliency has been the Mets’ signature all year. So too, the Nationals, which is why they are in first place.
The Mets left runners on base. David Wright on third with no outs in the seventh and they couldn’t get him home. A bad call likely cost the Mets a run in the eighth. Andres Torres was clearly safe at first, and assuming the events would follow as they did, would have scored on Daniel Murphy’s double.
And, as has been the case all year, the bullpen imploded. A scintillating performance by Jon Niese was wasted.
Bobby Parnell can throw it 99 mph., but even at that speed, it gets hit if it’s down the middle. I liked how Parnell used his curve, but his fastball, while having plenty of velocity, had little movement. It was flat, and at this level, a hittable pitch.
You had to like how they fought back in the ninth, and the tenth after losing the lead. But, after Bryce Harper’s game-tying triple off Tim Byrdak, you knew this wasn’t going to end well.
The Mets intentionally walked two hitters, which was the right thing to do and got a force at the plate, but Pedro Beato threw a wild pitch after getting two strikes. Seriously? Who else does that happen to?
Terry Collins said after the game “we have to reach down deep for whatever we have left and salvage what’s left of this trip,” and it’s true. The Mets have shown resiliency and have to do it again. No, make that they MUST do it.
It’s not a stretch anymore to say their season depends on it.