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Michael Conforto Walks It Off In 2015 Style Win

This game almost down to a questionably managed inning by Mickey Callaway (Brodie texting) in the sixth, bit things got crazy in the ninth.

Everything started with his sticking with Marcus Stroman.

Stroman started the night with electric stuff and was untouchable for the first three innings. He then lost it for three batters allowing an Adam Eaton single, Anthony Rendon RBI triple, and a Juan Soto homer.

On the Rendon triple, Michael Conforto was kicked in the face by Jeff McNeil. Fortunately, neither player looked worse for ware.

After that third, Stroman pitches three more scoreless partially because of an absolute Houdini act in the sixth.

Soto led off that sixth with a double. He should have scored when Matt Adams hit a ball deflected by Pete Alonso into right field. Despite the third base coach waiving him in, Soto stopped there. He wouldn’t get past that point even though runners were at the corners with no outs.

Todd Frazier nailed Soto at the plate on a Kurt Suzuki grounder. Brian Dozier ripper a liner and was robbed of a base bit by a leaping Amed Rosario.

The Mets then intentionally walked Victor Robles to load the bases so Stroman could face and strikeout the opposing pitcher Stephen Strasburg to end the inning.

At the end of five and a half innings, the score was tied at three with the Mets three runs coming in the fourth when Alonso and J.D. Davis went back-to-back.

Strasburg was more dominant than Stroman on the night. Those were just two of the four hits he would allow the entire night. The other two came in the bottom of the sixth in the Mets owned botched chance.

Rosario and Conforto led off the bottom of the sixth with consecutive singles setting up runners at the corners with no outs. This was the Mets chance to take the lead. They didn’t as Alonzo lined out to second, Davis striking out, and Wilson Ramos grounding out.

The Davis strikeout was a particularly egregious call. Down 0-2, he did well to work the count full. The eighth pitch appeared close (possibly too close to take), but that didn’t matter. Despite Davis barely taking the bat off his shoulder, the first base umpire ruled he swung. Strike three.

At that point, Stroman was at 102 pitches. Instead of going right to the bullpen, Stroman was asked to get Trea Turner. Like he did in Turner’s previous at-bat, Stroman lost him and walked him.

Now, the pitcher’s spot was due up third in the bottom half of the inning. The Mets bench is exceedingly weak, and a double switch would require lifting Davis, who is the team’s hottest hitter.

With that in mind, Callaway trusted Justin Wilson to get through the rest of the inning. Things started off well with Eaton striking out. Now, Seth Lugo was tossing, but Callaway stuck with Wilson against Rendon. With Soto on deck and Rendon 0-5 against Wilson plus the pitchers spot up third, you could understand. It just didn’t work out well as Rendon hit a go-ahead two run homer.

As bleak as things looked then, they looked worse when Turner struck again in the top of the ninth. He led off the inning with a single, moved to second on an Eaton single, and he took third off McNeil on a shallow fly to right.

Luis Avilan threw one in the dirt which didn’t get too far from Ramos. Turner read it perfectly and scored easily.

Down three and with the bottom of the lineup due up against Sean Doolittle, it didn’t seem like the Mets could pull it out. Just one small thing, Doolittle doesn’t pitch well against the Mets.

After a Davis double and Ramos single, runners were at the corners with no outs. Todd Frazier has been incredibly cold of late, but there’s still pop in his bat. We saw that with him launching an unexpected game tying three run homer:

Unlike the old adage, the homer did not end the rally.

Joe Panik kept things going with a single up the middle. The Mets, who never learn, had Juan Lagares pinch hit to bunt. In typical Lagares fashion, he botched the bunt allowing Rendon to get the force out at second.

After McNeil flew out, Rosario singled. Lost in this game was how great Rosario was tonight. He made the leaping catch to keep the game tied in the sixth. He was 3-for-5 at the plate. He was arguably the Mets best player on the night. He’d get overlooked because of Frazier’s game tying homer, and Conforto’s first walk-off hit.

So much for Conforto not being able to hit left-handers or hit in the clutch. So much for not recognizing how great a player he is.

This was a GREAT 7-6 win. Great. The Mets absolutely stole one. They rose to this challenge, and they’re dangerous right now. They may have started this run beating up on bad teams, but they’ve now continued it ripping the heart right out of the chest of a good team who got a great pitching performance from their best healthy starter.

Game Notes: Luis Avilan got the win. Adeiny Hechavarria was designated for assignment to make room for Panik on the roster. If he was on the roster tomorrow, he was due $1 million.

10 thoughts on “Michael Conforto Walks It Off In 2015 Style Win”

  1. Oldbackstop says:

    Maybe top ten all time Mets games, certain non-playoff. My kids were all here and absolutely bouncing off the walls.

    If this team goes all the way it will make 69 look ho hum.

    1. Oldbackstop says:

      Eagerly awaiting your next anti-Davis, can’t hit top pitching article.

      They would not be in the wild card chase without JD. Period.

      PS. Do you realize that your obsessive Babip does not count home runs whatsoever?

      1. metsdaddy says:

        It’s not anti-Davis at all. It’s just pointing out facts

  2. Julian says:

    What a game!!! Mets are the real deal.
    Just curious about your writing process for blog posts. Do you wait until the end the game to write something? Do you sometimes have to change your entire post from “Painful Loss” to “Surprise Walkoff Win” after a magical 9th inning rally like today?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      If I can, I like writing real time between innings because I like how the piece reflects the ebbs and flows of the game.

  3. BobDrew says:

    GO mets

    1. Hank 1987 says:

      What a great game

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Best one all season

    2. BobDrew says:

      Mets will pull this off despite NO Lowry NO Nimmo NO Cano NO Cespedes

      1. metsdaddy says:

        Maybe Nimmo

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