It has been a magical season for the New York Mets (45-38) featuring a ton of heart, grid and clutch moments the Kids from Queens was able to capture a vital 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies (37-47) in Thursday night baseballaction.
One of the trends for the guys thus far has been the two out hits, including some of the most clutch hitting seen in Queens in quite some time. With Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon it was the patience of the Mets that earned them a great first half victory.
Ike Davis began the frame with a double of the Phillies closer, two batters later Jordany Valdespin was hit before one of the biggest at-bats by Ruben Tejada came to help New York load the bases. Tejada taking some serious heat from Papelbon did not back down and instead calmly took his base.
That’d set the stage for Murphy, with everything on the line was able to make enough contact to score that game-tying run. With a rocking Citi Field crowd behind him and chants of MVP echoing from the Blue and Orange faithful, Mets third baseman David Wright recorded the 8th walk-off his career by hitting a perfectly placed ball in right field for the 6-5 victory.
This was a very crucial moment for the guys, who are looking to head into the Second Half of the Major League Baseball season on a winning note.
It was also important as the offense had to lift starter R.A. Dickey, who gave up five runs and 11 hits over seven innings. The knuckleball specialist has been able to lead the guys on so many occasions with his stellar starts, thus making it the night for the bats to help their starter.
Now the Mets will close out the First Half with a three-game set against the Chicago Cubs. To start the series on Friday it will be Johan Santana (6-4, 2.76 ERA) taking on Travis Wood (3-3, 3.05 ERA). Game One between the Mets and Cubs is set to air on the SNY network with First Pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.