Mets Game 117: Win Over Giants

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A Sunday afternoon crowd-pleaser for the Flushing faithful.

Dan Murphy said “I spit on MetsToday!” and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to deliver an exhilirating walkoff win over the San Francisco Giants.

After falling behind 1-0 in the fifth, the Mets grabbed the lead on a 420+ foot two-run homer off the bat of slugging second baseman Luis Castillo. Mike Pelfrey held it up before running out of gas in the eighth, when he allowed back-to-back doubles to tie the score two-all. The Mets bullpen, however, put out the fire and preserved the tie until the ninth, when Jeff Francoeur led off with an infield single and was sacrificed to second before Murphy’s game-winning blow.

Pelfrey went 7 1/3, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk, but did not figure in the decision. Frankie Fantastic struck out the side to earn his third win of the year.


Francoeur was the only Met with more than one hit; the team collected six all day.

Other than Castillo’s blast and the bottom of the ninth, it was a pretty lazy game — not surprising considering the 95+ degree heat.

Next Mets Game

The final game of the series occurs on Monday night at 7:10 PM. Livan Hernandez faces Joe Martinez.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. sincekindergarten August 17, 2009 at 5:08 am
    Didn’t even bother watching this one. However, as a couple of posters are pointing out on Metsblog, by vitrue of being the last Opening Day roster Met standing, this is Luis Castillo’s team now. Never thought that it would come to this.

    Five to seven years.

  2. CatchDog August 17, 2009 at 7:58 am
    Please Joe; write something on Tatis, Frenchy and Santos. At this point, I’m willing to believe in anything.
  3. mic August 17, 2009 at 8:31 am
    SK let me help;

    1. Adam Bostick looks like he wants to play in NY now. The BP move really has helped.

    2. Tobi Stoner could get a start in NY or audition in the pen?

    3. Nick Evans or Andy phillips? Also Mike Lamb not considered?