Sunday, July 3, 2011
Mets riding high into Los Angeles
By Matt Ehalt
It’s going to be a long flight to Los Angeles, but the Mets aren’t going to mind. Not after their comeback 3-2 win in 10 innings against the Yankees Sunday.
“Today is going to be a sweet flight. Instead of being able to get swept by the Yankees, it’s going to be a long flight but at the same time we’re going to have fun and we were able to pull this one out,” right fielder Carlos Beltran said. “We’re going into LA, who is playing good, and San Francisco also is a good team. It’s a big road trip for us ahead.”
The Mets are feeling good about themselves after battling back to beat the Yankees. Down to their last strike against closer Mariano Rivera, the Mets put together a walk and two singles to tie the game in the ninth and then Jason Bay won the game with a bases-loaded walk-off single in the 10th inning.
The Mets picked up their second walk-off win in the process and just their second win when they trailed after eight innings. In the process, they evened their record at .500 as they head west for a seven-game road trip that begins tomorrow against the Dodgers.
“I’m running out of things to say about these guys,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “They took a body blow today, yesterday with Jose (Reyes) and today with R.A. (Dickey)’s hip or whatever it might be that tightened up on him and they just play until the game is over and they take blows and they bounce back. They’re so fun to be around because they don’t let stuff get to them.”
The Mets trailed 2-1 against the Yankees when Bay walked with two outs. Lucas Duda followed with a single that put Bay on third and pinch hitter Ronny Paulino, selected by Collins to pinch hit to try and neutralize the cutter and because of how he had swung the bat lately, singled to right to drive in the tying run. The Mets even had a chance to win the game in the ninth when the Yankees made an error, but Duda was thrown out at the plate.
In the 10th, the Mets used a leadoff walk, a hit by pitch and an error to load the bases with two outs and Bay collected his first walk-off hit as Met and his first since 2008, giving the Mets players a little more excitement in their voices after the game.They had been on the verge of a four-game losing streak, but now things aren't so bleak.
“We didn’t go into it feeling like it was a must-win, but when we won the game afterward it sure felt like one that we needed to get," Dickey said. "I just was so elated because so many people played a part in it from Lucas Duda all the way to Jason Bay, Pedro Beato. A good community win. It leaves you feeling good into the series against LA.
"We need the .500 mark to be the floor. To get back to the floor is good. We don’t want to continually bounce below and above .500 for the rest of the season, we want this to be the floor of our season so in order to do that you have to get back to. 500. In that situation it is a big win.”