Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Mets stun Nationals with late rally.
After getting almost no production from their pinch hitters (4 for 34), The Mets had to make a move. Pinch hitting specialist and Long Island native Frank Catalanotto, was jettisoned after only 25 at bats. The search for instant offense late in a game arrived in the form of an "animal". Chris "the animal" Carter did in one plate appearance what Catalanotto and Gary Mathews Jr. haven't done all year. Pinch hitting in the 8th inning last night, he drove in the go ahead run with a sharp double to right field, giving the Mets their first come from behind victory (trailing after seven innings) of the year. Down five runs early, these "new" Mets overcame a shaky outing by lefty Jonathan Niese. Jason Bay and David Wright each broke out of their slumps, going a combined 4 for 6 with 2 walks. However, with a chance to break the game open in his second at bat of the 8th inning, Wright did what he's been doing at an alarming rate. Striking out (on pace for 212). Other key contributors were Angel Pagan, Rod Barajas, and Ike Davis, who for the third time this year, made an acrobatic catch of a foul ball over the dugout rail.