Wow. I mean, how else can you react to a game like last night’s? Last night’s game is the type of game that reminds me why I love baseball. So many different storylines from the game. First, you have two really dominant performances from Aaron Cook and Orlando Hernandez. Seven innings by each, and they allowed a total of 14 baserunners. That is pretty much the standard definition of a pitcher’s duel. The Mets had opportunities, but Aaron Cook can be hard to drive the ball off of, and they couldn’t capitalize.
Game keeps going, both bullpens do the job in the eighth and the ninth, and we’re scoreless going into the tenth. Billy Wagner gets the first two outs of the tenth before allowing a double to Yorvit Torrealba. Troy Tulowitzki, who has not been impressive this season (I should know, I benched him in two fantasy baseball leagues) hits a triple to drive home the run. Mets are now down 1-0, and it looks like they drop this one, and may even get shut out.
The tenth inning starts inauspiciously. Shawn Green and Jose Valentin, both red-hot of late, are retired, bringing up Damion Easley. Easley hasn’t played much since Valentin and Reyes have both been too good to take out of the lineup, and Julio Franco is usually the first pinch hitter off the bench, so it’s possible some Mets fans forgot he was on the team. Brian Fuentes, perfect in save opportunities in 2007 so far, gets two strikes on Easley. He does not get a third, as Easley crushes the ball to tie the game back up, and this game…MUST CONTINUE.
The eleventh ends with nothing of note, and the Rockies’ 12th ends quietly. Shawn Green opens the 12th with a single. He advances to second on a Jose Valentin ground ball, and makes it to third thanks to a balk by Ryan Speier. David Newhan does not have any Easley magic, he strikes out. The Rockies intentionally walk Reyes (and why not; with first and second open, and the Mets only need one run to win, would you really want to face the Mets’ best hitter in this situation?) and that brings up Endy Chavez. Endy has quickly become many Mets fans’ favorite non-starter (and is probably ahead of some starters on the popularity list as well). After Reyes takes second on defensive indifference to take away the force, Endy drops down a perfect drag bunt, which the defense was not expecting. With his great speed, he makes it to first easily, allowing Green to score and the Mets somehow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
What a game. What a series of twists and turns. It was more like a good book than a game, at least from where I sit. This is why I follow baseball, because every game is a story. Sometimes the story is, “The Mets suck,” and that’s not a story I particularly want to read, but more often, it’s a story like, “Holy crap, how did the Mets win that game?” That was last night’s story, and it was a good one.
The Mets go for the sweep today, in mere minutes, as Mike Pelfrey takes the mound against Josh Fogg at 1:10 PM. Fogg could charitably be labeled as “terrible,” posting ERAs over 5 the past two years, including two years ago playing most of his games at PNC Park, which is a pitcher’s park in the worst division in baseball. He’s picking up where he left off last year, with an ERA over 6, a WHIP over 1.80, and a K/9 rate under 5. Pelfrey hasn’t been entirely impressive this year either, and he probably needs a good start here to stay in the rotation, so we’ll see if he can step up to the challenge today against a good Rockies lineup.