The short-handed Mets pulled off a resourceful extra-inning win over the Tigers thanks to Wilson Ramos‘ bat, a rag tag bullpen and a walk-off home run by an unlikely hero.
Jason Vargas returned from the I.L. to make the start and delivered with five strong innings. The veteran lefty scattered five hits and three walks but stranded all but one runner to give the Mets a real shot. Wilon Ramos was the Mets entire offense early on, tying the game in the second with a solo home run, then giving the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fourth with an RBI single. The Tigers regained the lead courtesy of a Brandon Dixon home run surrendered by Tyler Bashlor, but Ramos took it right back with a two-run home run of his own in the bottom of the sixth. His second home run of the day gave the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Robert Gsellman, who had pitched a clean 7th inning, ran into trouble in the eighth. No worries, thought manager Mickey Callaway, who now has the luxury of using closer Edwin Diaz for a 4-out save. Only Diaz gave up an RBI single to score one of the inherited runners. Since a pinch hitter was needed, Diaz was only able to get one out and the Mets had to turn to the rest of the bullpen.
With the score tied 4-4, Wilmer Font entered the game and managed to hold the Tigers scoreless for two innings. But the Mets weak lineup couldn’t get anything going in the 9th or 10th inning. Daniel Zamora took over in the 11th and held the line with a scoreless inning of his own.
Both teams wasted perfect scoring opportunities in extras – the Mets in the 11th and the Tigers in the 12th – each stranding the bases loaded. Hector Santiago put a bunch of runners on base but managed to put up two zeros in relief, setting the stage for the Mets to win in the bottom of the 13th inning. Tomas Nido, who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning as the last man on the bench, came through with a huge walk off home run to send the Mets bench running on to the field in celebration. A beautiful win by an unlikely bunch.
Nido may have gotten the game winning hit, but Ramos was the MVP. Not only did he go 3 for 4 with two home runs and a walk, but he picked off a runner leading off first in the 11th inning, eliminating the potential go-ahead run.
The Mets go for the series win tomorrow behind Zack Wheeler. Let’s go Mets!