Burke Badenhop's rarity
May, 17, 2011
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com
As it turns out, this wasn't the first such moment of its kind, which given the Mets history isn't that surprising.
It was actually the third time that a pitcher (not a pinch-hitting pitcher) got a go-ahead extra-inning RBI against the Mets. We know this because of the indispensable Baseball-Reference.com Play Index.
On May 4, 1973 (a very memorable season in Mets history), Astros reliever Jim Ray's 14th-inning single versus Phil Hennigan started a four-run outburst in a 9-5 Mets defeat.
On May 12, 1978 (a very forgettable season in Mets history), Astros reliever Tom Dixon's first major league hit was a go-ahead single in the 14th inning against Skip Lockwood. Dixon would finish his career with five hits and a memory that hopefully lasted a lifetime. Just like Badenhop.