Jeremy Hefner pitched eight dominant innings with five hits, one run, and seven strikeouts against the Astros yesterday. Coming back from paternity leave (Congrats to Hefner and his family on the birth of their second child, Jaylee!), Hefner returned to an AMAZING performance. Hefner lost his bid for a complete game shutout after Lucas Duda, in his first game back, missed a play in left field that led to Hefner’s only run. Duda redeemed himself with a powerful throw to home plate to get out Marwin Gonzalez trying to score from second on a single, keeping it a tied game. Kelly Shoppach also made an AMAZING block at the plate, which you rarely see in games now. He really gave up his body for that one!
Overshadowing Hefner’s killer outing was Ike Davis with his one-man offensive show! Davis’ monstrous solo home run into the second deck Pepsi Porch in the 4th inning marked the only Mets offense into the 9th inning. After the Astros tied the game in the 8th, Ike once again came through with a walk-off solo shot culminating with a 360 spin onto home plate with an excited Mets team awaiting his arrival and a whip cream pie to the face from the team’s designated pier, Justin Turner. This was Ike’s fourth career multi-homer game!
This is exactly what I was talking about in my last post. We may not be fighting for a place in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t have fun, win games, and give their fans a show. I was so pumped watching that game, especially seeing Davis getting things going. He’s been in a slump for so long and has suffered through offensive woes all season, but Mets fans know he is so much better than his .223 BA. It was GREAT seeing him and the rest of the team pumped for this win! Davis really needed this! And I really needed to see Davis have a game like this!
MURPHY TO GET MRI– Daniel Murphy strained his right shoulder in the 8th inning of yesterday’s game. He was immediately taken out before the 9th. Murph will go for an MRI today to see what’s going on. Hopefully, it’s nothing too serious! He’s been struggling offensively lately, but we still want to see him out there on the field.
WHEELER WITH A WIN– Zack Wheeler gets his first win in Triple-A Buffalo! It took him five starts, but Wheeler pitched a three-hitter with seven strikeouts to get the win. Check out the story here.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday August 28th Mets take on the Phillies at 7:05PM on SNY