Wild And Wacky Finish In Mets 5-4 Win Over Giants

An article by posted on April 22, 2012

The Mets beat the Giants 5-4 this afternoon in what could only be described as a comedy of errors and I hereby do dub Terry Collins the Clown Prince.

Mike Pelfrey was awesome and was still dealing after eight innings, but with the Mets up 4-1 Collins made the foolish decision to pull the right-hander in favor of the Mets new quasi-closer Frank Francisco. Big mistake!

Francisco struggled yet again and allowed the tying runs to get on base in the ninth after two singles and a walk. His day was done.

Enter Tim Byrdak who got the lefty out and was immediately replaced by Jon Rauch who induced a shallow popup that should have ended the threat and win the game, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis misplayed it and the ball dropped in between him and Ruben Tejada and the Giants tied the game! Ouch!

LUCKILY – We came back thanks to some shenanigans by the Giants defense…

Lucas Duda singled and Ruben Tejada walked and suddenly it’s 2 on and 1 out. Then pinch hitter Justin Turner hit a no-doubt-about-it, double-play ball but Aubrey Huff (who was playing 2B?) forgot to cover and Turner beat out the throw.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is up next and hits a grounder to first – Brandon Belt throws home to get Scott Hairstonat home for the first out, but catcher Buster Posey threw wide to first base and the ball sailed into the outfield after he was clipped by Hairston on his slide.  Game over… Mets Win!

Did Terry Collins screw this game up and owe Bruce Bochy a steak dinner for moving Aubrey Huff to second base in the ninth and saving his ass?

Why in the world would you pull Pelfrey who was in a grove and had only thrown 102 pitches?

Anyway, great game by Ruben Tejada who was yanked out of the leadoff spot but went 2-3 with three RBIs and drew a crucial walk in the Mets ninth inning.

Nice job by Scott Hairston on a great hook slide the forced Posey to make the off balance throw which went onto the outfield.

This was a crazy ass game….

That’s it, I’m done, have at it…

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