Thank you very much. In the oddest , wildest most ridiculous game proceedings were brought to an end in an appropriate manner. The estimable Kelsey was giving the hero of the hour, Ender, a rapid series of ‘how did it feel’ questions to which he replied in graphic detail. Only then did it become apparent that her voice was several octaves lower than his throughout , a perfect ending to a crazy evening.
We were spoiled by the first seven innings of great Major League pitching. The more glamorous and newly shorn De Grom, was matched inning for inning by a newly revived Julio who is rapidly losing any fear he might have had about pitching in our park. They each exited after 7 full scoreless innings, De Grom allowing 4 hits (none till the 5th), 2 walks with 10 strikeouts. Julio’s line was 4 hits 1 walk, six strikeouts. Enthralling stuff.
With the starters gone things came back to earth with a thud generously helped by some appalling defense by the Braves, one of whom fielded as though he was stoned which perhaps he was. He of the Grecian Gods yesterday with his thunderbolt made a series of terrible errors a 10 year old would be ashamed of. Not getting to first base in time on a bunt play, he looked half asleep, maybe he was. Then minutes later when we started what looked to be a pretty easy DP he first dropped the ball then did not recover it. Two outs became none. He looked bewildered throughout these sequences, as though he was having trouble focusing.
All this nonsense plus a lead off walk by Sam gifted the Mets three runs in the top of the 8th. Ho Ho we thought, here we go again. But no. Freddie, who had looked to this point as weak as he did last night hit a powerful high double to split the two outfielders in left center and score our two runners. Familia came on, got the last out, and we went to the ninth down one.
And then Mr. Biddle appeared, to general acclaim, his major league debut. Somehow, not always easily – he joined the bullpen walkers club almost immediately- he finished the innings out with no addition to the Mets one run lead. So to the bottom of the ninth.We had a couple of runners on when Camargo, who had looked awful at the plate all evening with De Grom’s change ups, smashed a low rocket through the drawn in field and outfield alike, scoring the tying run.
Up came Ender who has been much criticized lately for trying to steal third, trying to steal home etc by our friends in the booth. He executed a perfect bunt towards second base and the winning run scored.
The DEA were not involved after the conclusion of this game. Snit confined Ozzie to the clubhouse overnight, under guard, and that was that. A memorable baseball game.
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