Lincecum, Schmincecum… That’s all the Mets had to say as they completed their biggest comeback of the season and beat the Giants 8-6 on Friday night.
It was a game that featured many layers of clutch hitting, clutch baserunning, clutch fielding and a little bit of luck on this very Freaky Friday.
Livan Hernandez started and he was opposed by Tim Lincecum in what looked to be a major league mismatch, and after the first two innings it was shaping up to be just that as an ineffective Livan got the Mets into an early 5-1 hole.
But these are the new and mighty Mets, and four run deficits are no big deal to them, even when the reigning Cy Young award winner is the opposing pitcher.
Livan ramped up his performance, drew a line in the sand, and held the Giants scoreless for the next three innings before departing. He allowed five runs on eight hits and no walks, while striking out four in five innings.
Sean Green continues to look absolutely terrible out there and gave up another run in the sixth inning after the Mets had scored two in the top of the inning. I would be very shocked if he is still a Met when Tim Redding gets activated on Monday… Very shocked.
The Mets bullpen went into lockdown mode for the final three innings, with Pedro Feliciano, Brian Stokes and K-Rod holding the Giants scoreless and allowing just one hit. Stokes picked up the win, and K-Rod picked up his 11th save. Will he save 50 for the Mets this season???
David Wright would be the conquering warrior again and delivered another huge clutch performance at the plate. He had three hits and four RBIs, three of them coming on a game tying double in the seventh inning to spark the Mets comeback.
Gary Sheffield scored the go-ahead run off San Francisco closer Brian Wilson’s throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Mets rallied from a four-run deficit to complete the 8-6 victory and take the first two games of this four game series.
By the way, Gary Sheffield has now had two hits for three games in a row and besides a solid bat and veteran presence, he has shown a remarkable agility on the basepaths that has been an unexpected surprise. He has also played the best leftfield of all the Mets outfielders.
Carlos Beltran extended his hot hitting with another hit and two walks, and still leads the NL in batting. Dan Murphy came in as a pinch hitter and delivered a big RBI single. Fernando Tatis also delivered as a pinch hitter.
The Mets pounded out another 14 hits and stole four more bases after setting a franchise record with seven steals on Thursday.
Jerry Manuel was ejected for the second time this season after arguing a strike call on outfielder Carlos Beltran who also came close to getting tossed himself.
This win is certainly indicative of just how good the Mets really are. They man not overpower you with the longball, but they find new ways to win every day and will make teams pay for any of their mistakes. I’m really digging this!