Despite the best efforts of Bobby Parnell and umpire Todd Tichenor, the Mets were able to end their 5-game skid and take the opener by a final score of 5-4. With the scrapping, “Never Say Die” Mets bravado returning after being nowhere to be found in Arizona, last night’s victory, capped off by Jason Isringhausen’s 300th career save, was truly a sight for sore eyes.
The Mets were first to draw blood when Lucas Duda and Josh Thole went deep in the top of the second to give the Amazin’s an early 3-0 lead.This would mark the second straight game in which Duda went yard, the first for Thole since August 6th. Both of the young Mets sluggers would finish the night with three-hit games, all of which proved crucial to a Mets victory late last night.
The seventh and eighth inning looked to be setting the table for another back-breaker for the Amazin’s, as with David Wright standing at 2nd, Duda hit a shot up the middle that struck the umpire, ruling a dead ball, meaning Wright, who would have easily scored, had to return to second base. Jason Bay would later ground out to end the top of the seventh with the Mets still up 4-1.
Following a Logan Forsythe double, Will Venable took R.A. Dickey deep for a one out, two-run homer to pull within a run. Parnell would come on to get the next two batters out on three sliders, but would not have the same measure of success come the bottom of the 8th, failing to hold off the Padres, allowing them to tie the game off of a walk, a stolen base and an RBI single. Heath Bell and Manny Acosta came in for their respective clubs and put up goose eggs to send this one into extras.
Josh Spence came on to pitch the 10th and would proceed to walk the first two batters to face him before being pulled for Chad Qualls. If you remember, Spence struggled mightily with his command at Citi Field last week, walking three in the Mets 5-4 comeback in game two of the four game set. After a sacrifice bunt by Ruben Tejada, Scott Hairston’s RBI ground out gave the Mets a 5-4 edge.
Enter Jason Isringhausen, who managed to worked his way in and out of trouble in the bottom of the 10th to pick up his 300th career save, a feat only accomplished by 22 other players in history. Congrats to Izzy on his accomplishment, what a fine story, starting his career with the Mets, picking up his first save as a Met, now picks up his 300th save in Flushing and will possibly end his excellent career here as well.
The Mets will now look to secure a series win tonight with Jon Niese on the hill to match up against San Diego’s Coby Luebke.
-R.A. Dickey once again hurled another gem but came up empty, earning yet another No-Decision. The 35-year old knuckleballer hurled 6 1/3 frames while allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while punching out 4. Dickey has pitched MUCH better than his 5-11 record as he is the consistent victim of little runs support, and/or poor bullpen performance. Despite taking another No-Decision, Dickey remained a class act, saying on his new twitter that tonight should be about Izzy, not about how he did not pick up a win:
-Prepare to be biting your fingernails even more from the 7th inning on, now that Izzy got his 300th save, Terry Collins said that now Parnell will get a chance to close
-Finally, congrats to Jim Thome on his 600th career home run, becoming only the 5th player in baseball history to achieve the incredible feat. (In case you were wondering, no I do not count Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa or Alex “A-fraud” Rodriguez, their number are tainted and are therefore null and void)