On a night when he was so graciously honored by his crosstown rivals, Mariano Rivera threw out the first and last pitch at Citi Field tonight. He fared far better on his 1st pitch than his last.
So it’s the 9th inning and Mo is coming in. The Mets have been dead offensively all night. I’m tired and frustrated so I turn off the TV and go inside only to be called back 5 minutes later as my father is yelling that I’m obviously a jinx. I walk into the room just in time to see Wright drive in Murphy (who was on 2nd after a double) as the tying run with a RBI single and then Duda…yes, I said Duda, (who has been ice cold with RISP) drive in Wright with a walk-off RBI single! Harvey is off the hook and remains undefeated and the Mets take two from the Yankees. Did this really just happen?
Nothing was going our way tonight. Kuroda was flawless and the Mets gave him a few helpful plays. Harvey was his usual marvelous self, tossing 8 innings of one run ball on 8 hits and striking out ten. That’s the third time this season Harvey has had double digit Ks in a game. Oh, and he walked NONE! But he was still in line for the loss because the Mets offense was nonexistent as usual for most of the game. Gardner robbed Murphy, yet again, of an extra base hit. Wright struck out in a big spot in the 6th, which according to Keith Hernandez is because there’s “too much pressure” on him. Tejada had a horrible game. He had a throwing error that thankfully did not cause any damage, got picked off second base in the 7th when we were down a run, and made a horrible play on a single to center that allowed the ball to roll into the outfield and put Cano on third. It was a complete mess. Terry Collins was ejected from the game for disputing the obvious out call. And all I really cared about was that Matt Harvey continues to pitch brilliantly, but gets no results. He was about to get a loss when he only gave up one run!
But the baseball gods were in full swing tonight. We very rarely have luck on our side. That’s the only explanation I have for this win tonight because it clearly was not execution or skill. A WIN IS A WIN! And a win off the best closer out there gives a team just a little bit of confidence. HAPPY HARVEY DAY TO ALL AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT! (Side Note: Doc Gooden sat in the stands tonight behind home plate and talked about how amazing Harvey is! WOW!)
NEXT UP:: The Mets head to the Bronx to finish up the last two games of the Subway Series tomorrow night at 7:05PM. Jeremy Hefner will take on David Phelps and the Yanks, hoping to keep this short winning streak alive and to record a win of his own (his would-be first of the season). LGM!