With a big walk-off single by Curtis Granderson, the New York Mets (13-10) defeated the Miami Marlins (10-13) by a score of 4-3 Friday night at Citi Field.
Zack Wheeler was on the mound for the Mets tonight. It was, without a doubt, his best performance of the season. Wheeler held the Marlins to just 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks in 6 innings pitched, striking out a season-high 10.
Wheeler tossed 25 pitches in the first inning, but cruised through the second inning on just 10 pitches and stayed in prime form the rest of the way. His only blemish came in the 5th inning, but tonight, Wheeler gave the Mets an ace-like performance.
The Mets struck first in the bottom of the third. An Eric Young Jr. single and his 11th stolen base of the season got it started. David Wright singled him home for his team-leading 13th RBI, and Daniel Murphy followed with an RBI double that scored Wright from first as the Mets took the 2-0 lead against Miami.
Wheeler got out of a jam in his final inning after Casey McGehee singled to lead off the inning, and got to third on a Garrett Jones single. But with his pitch count already at 104, Wheeler struck out the next two batters to end the threat and earn 10 Ks on the night.
Gonzales Germen took over in the 7th, tossing a 1-2-3 inning on just nine pitches. But he tired in the 8th, giving up back-to-back homers to Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Garrett Jones, as the Marlins took the late 3-2 lead. Jeurys Familia allowed just a hit in the 9th; his first appearance in 6 days.
On to the bottom of the ninth, and how exciting it was!
Lucas Duda started it off with a lead-off single and moved to second on Travis d’Arnaud‘s sac-bunt. Bobby Abreu then pinch-hit for Eric Young, and lined out sharply to left field, bringing the Mets to their final out.
Omar Quintanilla came to the plate. “PINCH HIT FOR HIM!!!” “ARE YOU KIDDING ME TERRY!!!”, read the Tweets on Twitter. But Quintanilla came through and lined a single to left scoring Duda to tie the game.
In comes pinch hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis who then doubles to left-center putting the winning run on third base for Curtis Granderson, who proceeds to rip one into right field to score Quintanilla and give the Mets the walk-off victory!
Familia would earn his first major league win, and this my friends was as exciting as it gets!