What's the difference between the 2007 NY Mets and the 2008 NY Mets?
Heart, Camaraderie, and being relaxed.
Does anyone out there in this vast blogosphere have any doubt that if the Mets went down 4-3 to the Braves, they wouldn't have the heart or the passion to mount a comeback? Granted, this is not the 1995 Atlanta Braves, but they are still the Mets nemesis until the Mets can show they can consistently beat them.
The Mets were down 1-0 after the top half of the first inning, but came right back to tie the game in the home first, when Carlos DelGado hit a single to score Jose Reyes.
The Mets took a 2-1 lead in the third when DelStatue once again singled to score DWright.
The Mets added to their lead in the fifth when DWright homered, his 25, to put the Mets up 3-1.
In the visitor sixth, the Braves tied the score 3-3 when McGann double to score Escobar and Larry Jones, before Infante put the Braves ahead when he singled to score McGann - Braves 4-3. In 2007, or earlier this year (Pre-Manuel) you could have turned your sets and radios off right there.
This team has shown they have the onions to fight back, and tonight, that's what they did. In the seventh, the Mets tied the score at 4-4 when Carlos DelGado reached first base on an infield single, and Nick Evans scored on the ensuing error by Prado at first.
Pedro pitched into the eighth, before giving way to Pedro II (Feliciano). Martinez had given up a single to Escobar when Feliciano relieved him. Feliciano recorded two outs before being replaced by new fan favorite, Luis Ayala, who recorded the last out. Ayala pitched a scoreless ninth.
The Mets decided it was time to break out the brooms, and did so in exciting fashion when DWright doubled to center after Evans had lined out. Beltran was intentionally walked to pitch to DelStatue. Carlos showed how erroneous this line of thinking was when he hit a bullet to LF that was misplayed by Infante in LF; Infante missed the ball, most likely in the lights, and Wright hustled from second to score the winning run. The fans at Shea went nuts, especially since the Phillies lost to the Nationals, and the Marlins lost to the Giants.
**** Tonight's Stars ****
- Carlos DelGado - went 5-5 with 3 RBI
- David Wright - 3-4 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB
- Pedro Martinez pitching seven complete, and into the eighth
- Luis Ayala, recording his first win as a Met