It Takes Ten To Tango!
Who could have believed that a lineup that is so wrought with injuries and filled mostly with backups and backups to backups could pull of what the Mets did last night!
The Mets set a new franchise record by getting 10 hits in the fourth inning, a first in franchise history. Wow…
The Mets had seven singles, two doubles and a stolen base in that inning. Both Luis Castillo and Gary Sheffield had two hits each in the inning, with Sheffield getting two extra-base hits, something that hadn’t been done since Jeromy Burnitz last did it in 2003. Oh and by the way, the Mets beat the Braves 9-4.
The Mets batted around sending fourteen players to the plate and the only player not to get a hit was Daniel Murphy, who made two of the three outs. Heck, even Ollie got himself a hit…
The Mets scored eight runs in the record setting inning and then tacked on a ninth run in the the seventh inning when Jeff Francoeur doubled and scored on a Fernando Tatis single.
Luis Castillo, Gary Sheffield and the sizzling hot and suddenly reborn Jeff Francoeur, each had three hits in the game.
You really have to cherish games and moments like this especially when they occur in such a downer of a season. I’m very proud of the strong effort and the amazing fight the Mets still have in spite of all the adversity.
As for the pitching, Oliver Perez started and lasted five innings allowing four earned runs on five hits including two mammoth homeruns.One bright note was that he only walked one batter, which can only mean he’ll walk six on Sunday. And that’s IF he pitches on Sunday at all. Ollie hurt his knee covering first base, but stayed in the game. However he complained of knee pain to reporters afterward. Such is life for the 2009 Mets.
The bullpen did a great job as Brian Stokes, Elmer Dessens and Pedro Feliciano combined to pitch four scoreless innings.
This game was all about the offense though. Luis Castillo was the only player in the lineup that was in our opening day lineup. How sick and insane is that?
Great job guys…
In a season full of heartache, you managed to deliver a satisfying and memorable win.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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