Mets Beat Brewers 5-4 On Castillo Walk-off Hit

An article by posted on April 17, 2009

In typical fashion, the Mets got off to an early 3-0 lead when Jose Reyes singled to center to get things started and moved to second when Murphy singled to center. A David Wright single loaded the bases for Delgado who hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield scoring Reyes.

Two batters later, Church is intentionally walked to load the bases and bring up Castro who worked out a bases loaded walk to bring home Murphy. Castillo singled in the next run and the Mets were in business.

Livan Hernandez looked solid, keeping the Brewers scoreless through the first four innings, but in the fifth he got into trouble and allowed the Brewers to score their first run. When Livan came out for the sixth inning, it all came crashing down as he served up a three run shot to Ryan Braun which put the Brew Crew in front 4-3. Livan hit the showers immediately after that, while Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.

Things stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh when Gary Sheffield pinch hit for Sean Green and launched his 500th homerun into the leftfield seats to tie the game at 4-4 and give the Mets some life.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Mets had already stranded 13 runners on base and left the bases loaded three times including the seventh and eight innings. Ugh…

But, Delgado led off the inning with a double and suddenly things started to look good again for the Mets. Church was intentionally walked to bring up Omir Santos who grounded out but advanced both runners, setting up the play of the day.

Castillo lines a grounder deep in the hole at short, and beats the throw to first scoring Delgado with the winning run.

Yeay, game over, the Mets win, the Mets win!

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