The New York Mets entered Saturday night’s action losers of three straight contests and fading fast in both the divisional and NL Wildcard race. Luckily for the Amazin’s they sent Matt Harvey to the hill on Saturday and Jacob deGrom on Sunday to try and salvage the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Met fans were in for a special treat as the offense exploded for 15 runs on 21 hits with newcomer Kelly Johnson blasting a majestic homer and top prospect Michael Conforto going 4-for-4 in only his second Major League contest.
Lucas Duda launched two homeruns and Harvey added two RBIs to punctuate New York’s offensive barrage. It was a historic night at Citi Field as the Mets’ 21 hits were the most since they recorded 21 hits against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on September 5, 2010. The Mets 15 runs scored were a new season-high and they clobbered four homeruns for the fifth time this year.
Harvey became the only pitcher Mets history to record at least two RBI in three straight games in a single season. The Amazin’s put on an offensive clinic much to the pleasure and utter shock of the Flushing faithful. Dodgers’ starter Zach Lee was victimized in his big league debut as he started in place of Zack Greinke who flew back to Los Angeles to be with his wife during the birth of their first child.
New York teed off on the young hurler and waited until Sunday for its chance to end Greinke’s 43 2/3 scoreless innings streak. The Mets halted Greinke’s historic streak at 45 1/3 innings when deGrom hit a ground ball to first base and Kirk Nieuwenhuis slid into home plate to avoid the tag. The Mets managed just four singles in seven innings off Greinke, but grabbed a 2-0 lead behind deGrom’s brilliant performance.
Terry Collins handed the ball to Jeurys Familia with a chance to shut the door in the ninth, but the Dodgers rallied for two runs to tie the game. The Mets missed a golden scoring chance when Nieuwenhuis popped up his sacrifice bunt for an out in the bottom half of the inning. Jenrry Mejia came on for the tenth inning and notched a key strikeout of Joc Pederson with runners on first-and-third with one out and turned away Howie Kendrick to dance in and out of trouble.
Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the frame by scorching a hit to right field and legged out a double. After yet another failed sacrifice bunt attempt—this time by Ruben Tejeda—the Dodgers issued an intentional walk to Daniel Murphy. Newly acquired infielder Juan Uribe stepped to the dish with the chance to play hero and rocketed a double off the top of the center field wall and was mobbed at first base by teammates. The Mets turned a would-be ugly loss into an exhilarating walk-off win. In doing so New York earned a split of the four-game series against Los Angeles and closed to within two games of the first place Washington Nationals.