After this weekend’s series loss to the Braves and eight innings of losing baseball to a last place baseball team, Lucas Duda lifted the spirits of fans and teammates with a “Dudacious,” yeah I said it, walk off single with one out in the ninth. Here’s how it came to be.
In the bottom of the first, half an inning after the Padres scored a first inning run off Mike Pelfrey to take a 1-0 lead on a Jesus Guzman RBI single, the Mets struck. Angel Pagan, who has been in a season-long slump, hitting just .246 on the season, a career low for Angel, hit 1-1 pitch into the right field seats, just his fith homer of the season to tie the game at one apiece. The home run madness from the past few days still wasn’t over, as Jason Bay hit a home run over the “Great Wall of Flushing” to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Jason is hitting .457 since July 28 with two home runs an 8 RBI. David Wright also joined the party, with his own two-run homer in the bottom of the third to make the game 4-1.
Than, the game got interesting.
Mike Pelfrey, who started for the Mets, about two weeks removed from finally “finding it” (what? don’t worry, you’re not the only one) before one of his starts, which he gave up four runs and didn’t win the game, pitched well until the sixth inning came around. The sixth was a disaster to say the least for the Amazin’s, as they gave up three runs on four hits, to let the Padres tie the game. The runs were scored on a single, sac fly, and a double by Kyle Blanks. Pelfrey was taken out after getting one out in the seventh. He finished with a disappointing four earned runs on nine hits, while throwing just 66 of 107 pitches for strikes. Not an impressing outing from Big Pelf, but then again, it’s Mike Pelfrey.
On the other side, All-Ivy league basketball and baseball player Tim Stauffer was slightly better, but he gave up four runs, so it didn’t matter that he pitched seven innings compared to Pelfrey’s si, allowed six hits compared to Pelfrey’s nine, and threw 70 strikes, compared to Pelfrey’s 67. (they each threw 107 pitches).
With the game tied after seven, it was up to the bullpens to duke it out for the win. The Mets gave up four in the eighth, three of them coming off a bases-clearing double by Jason Bartlett off pitcher Ryta Igarashi.
The Mets battled back, scoring on a Mike Baxter (more on him coming up soon— stay tuned) double in his first at-bat as a Met and a Ronny Paulino sac fly. However, the Mets went into the ninth down by one. Jason Isringhausen had just pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, and eventually got his third win of the year. The inning started on a Jason Pridie single off Heath Bell. Angel Pagan struck out, but Justin Turner singled to bring up David Wright, who knocked in Pridie. That left the door open for Lucas Duda to be the hero. A wild pitch was thrown by Heath Bell to advance Justin Turner and David Wright into scoring position. Duda would capitalize, driving both of them in on a weak single that somehow got the job done.
A nice win for the Mets overall. Questions are still swirling around the bullpen and Mike Pelfrey after today, after both were awful. However, this team still has some magic left. I know Reyes and Murphy are down. I know the Padres are a last place team, but hey… Ya’ Gotta Believe!