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Thursday, May 12, 2011
Izzy does it

By Adam Rubin

With the Mets nursing a two-run lead in the eighth inning, Jason Isringhausen allowed the first two batters to reach, then had Dexter Fowler sacrifice bunt both runners into scoring position.

But Isringhausen rallied to strike out Jose Morales. He then got pinch-hitter Jason Giambi, his former teammate with Oakland, to fly out to Jason Pridie in right-center. Isringhausen and Giambi had never faced off, despite a combined 32 seasons in the majors.

"I was just hoping to keep him in the yard more than anything," Isringhausen said. "He's up there for one thing. I know that. He knows that. I just didn't want to let him get his arms too far extended, and keep the ball in on him."

Isringhausen, who has settled into the eighth-inning role, acknowledged he struggled Thursday, particularly with his curveball.

"I just had bad mechanics throwing it and I kept rushing my lower half. Typical pitching stuff," Isringhausen said.