Chin-lung Hu still owns a .091 batting average. But the backup infielder earned praise from manager Terry Collins after delivering a sacrifice fly as a pinch-hitter against left-hander Sean Burnett with the bases loaded and none out in the ninth inning Wednesday. The RBI, Hu’s first as a Met, pulled New York even en route to a 6-3 win against the Washington Nationals.
Hu’s last plate appearance had been April 19, when he struck out as a pinch-hitter against Houston’s Wandy Rodriguez. He had logged only one inning since then in the field, in the series opener in D.C. at second base in the ninth inning.
“I was very proud of him,” Collins said. “He hasn’t played much. He hasn’t gotten a lot of at-bats. He went up there in a huge situation and put a good swing on the ball and did what he was supposed to do and drove that run in.”
Said Hu about his inactivity’s affect on that plate appearance: “It’s really hard, but I don’t try to do too much. I just tried to swing and be aggressive. I just tried to get a ball up -- the best chance I can to hit a fly ball. He threw like two of them, and I took that one.”