In a game that was on the brink of going 14-plus innings, it was a hit batter that ended the long contest.
Funny how baseball plays out sometimes, right?
The Mets began the unorthodox victory with consecutive singles by Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy followed by an Angel Pagan fly out. The fourth batter of the inning was the dangerous Jose Reyes which Oakland pitcher Brad Ziegler wanted no part of. After 3 balls that missed the strike zone badly, Zeigler intentionally walked Reyes to load the bases.
Ziegler’s sloppy pitching came back to haunt him as he could not find the strike zone again. The next pitch grazed Justin Turner’s uniform to force in the winning run.
"That didn't necessarily play in my mind, but I kind of take pride in that stuff, getting hit," Turner said. "I'll stand in there and take the bruise to get that game over with."
The bright spot once again came from The Amazin’s starting pitching, which has been one of the best in the Majors this past month. R.A Dickey only gave up 1 run on 3 hits in 8 innings of work. He couldn’t record the victory, however, as closer Francisco Rodriguez blew the save opportunity for the second consecutive time.
"He was very, very good," Collins said. "You need your starting pitcher to give you innings, put zeros on the board, and he did that. He allowed us to have a chance to win the ballgame."
The Mets needed the victory badly and were not picky about how they got it. Before their win last night, New York was 1-4 in their previous 5 games and are getting ready for a tough series against the reigning American League Champions, the Texas Rangers.
"Anytime you can get a walk-off win, I think it energizes your club a little bit," Dickey said. "We haven't had one, and we needed one badly."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times