John Lackey had the Mets on lockdown until Yoenis Cespedes launched a rocket into the 3rd deck in the 6th, paving the way for a much needed 4-3 come from behind victory over the Cubs.
Thursday night Citi Field was the setting for a nail biting, edge of your stadium seats, dramatic ending as Jeurys Familia overcame runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.
Steven Matz, pitching with pain, dodged a loss after surrendering three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
With the Cubs on top 3-1 in the 7th, it appeared as if it were going to be another sad state of offensive affairs for the Amazins, but after Travis d’Arnaud’s single sidelined Lackey, the buck fifty eight hitting Alejandro De Aza drew a walk off of Joel Peralta, and then, it was Finding Brandon Nimmo time.
The rookie replacement for injured outfielder Curtis Granderson, broke his MLB cherry with a brazen nine pitch at bat single to center for his first career RBI to bring the Mets within one.
“That’s a big league at-bat for the kid,” teammate Neil Walker said. “Those are the at-bats that give you confidence, especially as a young guy. So I can’t say enough about how he grinded through that and how big a hit that was.”
Nimmo also came up big with some head’s up base running, taking second on the throw to third. With two runners in scoring position, Walker hit an RBI chopper toward the middle. Javier Baez, thinking he had no play at the plate, tried to nab Nimmo at third, but his throw nicked off of Kris Bryant’s glove into foul territory, allowing the newly crowned hero to cross the plate with the go ahead run.
Kudos to Erik Goeddel for 1 2/3 innings of hitless ball for the win, and thank (Jerry) Blevins for his rescue of Addison Reed putting two men on base in the 8th.
Friday, Jacob deGrom, coming off of a beautifully pitched nasty no decision, will hope to get to .500 against the 7-4 sinker/slider specialist, Jason Hammel.