Monday, July 4, 2011
Notes and nuggets from an Amazin' win
By Mark Simon
Additional notes from Sunday's improbable win in the Subway Series finale in Flushing ...
1-- Ronny Paulino's two-out, game-tying hit was among the "clutchest" the Mets have had in quite some time. A check of Baseball-Reference.com shows it was the first time the Mets had gotten a game-tying or go-ahead RBI with two outs and two strikes in the ninth inning in more than four years.
The last was a game-evening home run by Damion Easley in the 10th inning of an eventual win over the Rockies on April 24, 2007. The Mets would win in 12 innings on an Endy Chavez squeeze bunt.
2-- My Yankeemetrics-writing statistical counterpart in Stats & Information, Katie Sharp, made sure to share that getting two-out baserunners against Mariano Rivera is a significant accomplishment.
The Mets had four in a row reach base safely, including one via error, after Rivera got the first two outs in the ninth.
Opponents were 6-for-37 with one walk when faced with a two-out situation versus Rivera prior to Sunday's outburst.
3--The Mets now have five walk-off wins against the Yankees. Sunday's came seven years to the day of one of the wackiest -- a 10-9 win that ended when Kazuo Matsui beat Tanyon Sturtze's throw home on a dribbler to the right of the mound by Shane Spencer.
4-- Jason Bay's walk-off hit was the first game-ending hit by a Mets player this season. (They previously had won in walk-off fashion on a Justin Turner hit by pitch.) By calendar date, this is the second-latest the Mets have earned their first walk-off hit in a season.
The latest came in the strike-shortened season of 1981, when the Mets did not produce their first walk-off hit until current first base coach Mookie Wilson's game-winning homer against the Cardinals on Sept. 20.
5-- Speaking of anniversaries, the win came on the 25th anniversary of one of the most memorable wins for the 1986 Mets, also a come-from-behind walk-off triumph.
The Mets beat the Astros in 10 innings that day, 6-5, rallying from a 5-3 deficit in the 10th inning. Darryl Strawberry tied the game with a two-run home run off Astros reliever Frank Dipino. Two outs later, Ray Knight -- who had struck out in four straight plate appearances -- homered to win.