Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Young catch, hustle spark win vs. ex-mates
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- In his eighth game as a Met, Eric Young Jr. had an unremarkable return to Coors Field on June 27, as the Mets made a one-day visit to Colorado to make up an April snow-out.
With another opportunity to showcase his talents against his former team Tuesday night at Citi Field, Young showed what the Rockies gave up when they designated him for assignment and then traded him for Collin McHugh.
"It felt good against those guys," Young said after hustling to score the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning in the Mets' 3-2 win against Colorado at Citi Field. "But, like I've said, there's no hard feelings. I'm more appreciative they made the move they did, because I wouldn't be in this situation if they didn't. But it was good being able to showcase that."
Juan Lagares beat out a two-out trickler to second base for an infield single in the eighth. On the play, Young scored all the way from second base to give the Mets the decisive 3-2 lead.
"I'm going. It's two outs. So obviously I'm busting hard to third base," Young said. "They have to make two perfect throws to get me at the plate (second to first to home). It's a slow roller. Just thinking as a defender, you want to make sure you get that out at first base, the forceout to end the inning.
"If he doesn't make the perfect throw I'm in there. If he makes the perfect throw, you tip your hat. But I caught him sleeping a little bit."
Two innings earlier, Young made a lunging catch in left field with two outs and the bases loaded on Todd Helton's sinking liner to preserve a 2-all score.
"You go for that play just so you stop a big inning," Young said.