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Sunday, June 16, 2013
Mets win despite embarrassing sequence

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- It was ugly, sure.

But in the end -- by virtue of their 4-3 walkoff win over the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field -- the Mets didn’t have to dwell on the comedy of errors they committed on a single play during the fifth inning.

With Nate Schierholtz aboard at first base, Starlin Castro aboard at second and two outs, David Wright dove to his left to snag a grounder off the bat of Alfonso Soriano. Wright looked to second to see if he could get the force-out, but realizing that he couldn’t get Schierholtz, the third baseman quickly fired to first and his throw sailed over Daniel Murphy’s head.

The ball deflected off the railing right to Murphy, who spun around and fired home to try and nail Castro as he tried to score, but Murphy's throw sailed wide of John Buck. That enabled Schierholtz to score as well. Omar Quintanilla, backing up the play, attempted to throw out Schieroltz, but his throw to Buck sailed wide as well.

Three errant throws. Two errors. And one probable spot atop “SportsCenter’s” Not Top 10 plays.

Oh well.

“Mistakes happen,” Wright said. “You make an error, you make an error. And if that’s what the buzz is gonna be, so be it. I’m not concerned about what the buzz is, I’m more concerned about wins and losses, and we were able to win this game and that wasn’t the prettiest win, but at this point, we’ll take it. Like I said, an error is an error. I’m not gonna sit here and hang my head or beat myself up over throwing a ball away because it’s gonna happen again.”

Added manager Terry Collins: “No, I’ve never seen a play like that. When David Wright makes a play like that, you don’t need to say anything. No one’s more upset about it than he is. And then, Murph tried to make a big play. Should he have eaten it? I don’t know. I thought he had a play with a good throw, so he tried to make a play and made a bad throw himself. Those two guys play so hard I don’t have much to say to them.”