Pinch Runner Wins the Game

The Mets won this afternoon’s game against the San Francisco Giants on a veteran play by third generation major leaguer, Scott Hairston.  Hairston slid home in the 9th with the deciding play, but did not score the run.  Instead, he came in hard and took out catcher Buster Posey's back leg, spinning him around, causing him to throw the ball wide to first base.  The ball went into right field and Ruben Tejada came around to score all the way from second.

It looked like it may be another 9th inning with a game saving play for the Giants drawn-in infield as first baseman Brandon Belt fielded the ground ball and threw home to get the force at the plate for the second out of the inning.  For a moment, it appeared that Posey might complete the 3-2-3 double play and escape the inning.  Instead, the veteran pinch runner, Hairston came in hard and stole the win.  Had Terry Collins left in Lucas Duda to run for himself, there’s no telling what happens. 

The Giants protested the slide, looking for an interference call, but Hairston was all over home plate and well within his right to take out the infielder.  The play is similar to breaking up a double play at second base.  As long as the runner has a reasonable opportunity to touch the base, they are free to slide into the infielder.  

Posey has to make that play almost like a first baseman attempting to throw out a base stealer.  He needs to take an extra step inside the baseline and make a good clean throw.  This gives him room to clear the runner heading to first while simultaneously getting him out of harms way of the base runner coming into home plate.

Setting up the bases loaded game winner was a ground ball by Justin Turner to shortstop Emmanuel Burriss that should have been an inning ending double play.  Instead, Burriss fielded the ball cleanly and looked to second base where no one was covering.  By the time he recovered and threw to first, Turner had hustled down the line for the infield hit.  Second base was abandoned by emergency second baseman, Aubrey Huff, playing there for the first time in his career.  As the ball was put into play, he broke for first as he always does on balls hit to the left side.  A bad break for the Giants, but a stroke of luck for the Mets.

Prior to the exciting bottom of the 9th conclusion, the Mets defense betrayed them in the top half of the inning.  With two outs and the Mets up, Jon Rauch induced a sky high fly ball.  With Kirk Nieuwenhius playing a deep no-doubles defense he anticipated Ruben Tejada ranging back to make the play.  Tejada was looking for his center fielder to take charge and call him off the ball.  Instead it dropped in and the game was tied.

Going into the 9th inning, the Mets looked like they were on the verge of winning a clean crisp game where Mike Pelfrey controlled the Giants offense for 8 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 walk and a run while striking out 3 batters and even dropping down a successful sacrifice bunt.  Pelfrey has pitched three games this season and could easily be 3-0.  Instead he has been unable to notch a decision while posting a 2.29 ERA.

It's All Downhill From Here?

I know what you’re thinking. Mets start out 3-0 and there’s no way they can sustain it. Well, you’re probably right. But just because Mike Pelfrey is taking the mound tonight doesn’t mean it’s all over. 

Look, you know what you’re gonna get from Pelfrey. He’ll give you 5 or 6 innings. All of his pitches will be flat, in the low 90s. And he’ll give up 4 to 5 runs. Or, as we like to say, “Pelf be Pelfin’.”

So the Mets’ mashers have to show up tonight. And if they don’t, it doesn’t mean they’ll go 3-159 either. 

So long, Pelf

Looks like Mike Pelfrey is going to have Tommy John surgery. And it’s entirely possible that his outing last week will be his last in a Mets uniform. According to, injured players typically don’t get a pay cut in arbitration, which Pelfrey has one more year of. There’s no reason to pay Pelfrey almost $6 million to rehab. It’s more likely they’ll non-tender him, and then give him an incentive laden contract, if they bring him back at all. 

I can’t say that I was a big fan of Mike, but this isn’t how any fan would want it to go down either. Especially not at the end of April. If I (and just about anybody else) had their druthers with this season, Pelfrey would have been traded at the deadline. This would give the team flexibility to bring back Chris Young as a stopgap until September call-ups, or to bring up Matt Harvey or Jeurys Familia. Now they have to find a stopgap until their stopgap is ready, and frankly, they don’t have the depth to do so. Miguel Batista, Jeremy Hefner, and Chris Schwinden aren’t the answers. But they’re what the team has going forward, and every fifth day will continue to be an adventure. 

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IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) – Skeletal remains found in a wooded area in Irondale have been identified as a 43-year-old Calhoun County man missing since June.

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