Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pa-Gone! Mets Walkoff Against Cards 6-5

It hasn't been an easy ride for Angel Pagan in 2011. Following a miserable start to the season in which he landed on the 15-day disabled list, he returned to face a batting average under the Mendoza line. While he looked to be back on the right track, posting a batting average above .300 in the weeks following, he began to falter once again.

After starting the night 0-4 and reaching base on a generous error call, Angel Pagan came to bat in the bottom of the 10th inning, an excited New York crowd awaiting any signs of offense they could cling on to. It wouldn't take long, however, as Pagan belted a ball just under Pepsi Porch to end the game.

The New York Mets(48-47) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals(50-47) in 10 innings following Pagan's home run, taking a step above .500 and clinching the series against the Cards.

R.A Dickey(4-8, 3.80 ERA) was able to keep the Mets in the game, pitching 6 1/3 innings while allowing 4 runs on 8 hits, striking out 4. Tim Byrdak and Pedro Beato were able to lock down the 7th inning, stranding a runner on third.

The Mets down 4-2, Carlos Beltran was able to tie the game with a 2-run home run, his 15th of the year and an absolute bomb, into Pepsi Porch to put the Mets even. After Bobby Parnell surrendered the lead to the Cardinals on an unusual suicide squeeze from Cardinals back-up catcher Gerald Laird, Josh Thole was able to drive in Angel Pagan in the bottom of the 8th to tie the game at 5.

Jason Isringhausen(2-0, 2.76 ERA) pitched 2 scoreless innings to secure the tie, striking out Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman in succession. For Isringhausen, it was the first time he pitched more than one inning this season and the decision payed off for Terry Collins and the Mets.

With the victory, the Mets were able to keep pace in the National League East as the Phillies clobbered the Cubs 9-1. As of writing, the Braves are trailing the Colorado Rockies 2-1 in the top of the 8th. A Braves loss would bring the Mets back to within 7 of the wild card.