We left the city where Santa Claus was booed on a high note. Where did Santa go upon being rejected? He moved to Flushing where he gives baseball cheer to MOST baseball fans.
Alex Wood gave up a leadoff homerun to Curtis Granderson. Really? He of the sub-.700 career ops against lefties? Then another run in the second, another in the third and you can’t help but say “ooh.” Our neighbor Zack Wheeler had it going pretty good except he kept walking everybody. We got one back in the 5th.
John Smoltz was working TV and said Wood being tough and hanging in and posting the goose eggs in 4, 5, and 6 could be just the thing to help him and maybe just help the team. Well, Smoltzie was right.
My son came in late from work as the home half of the 8th inning was unfolding. I described it thusly (paraphrasing). “Nobody but the Mets could do this. First and second nobody out, hit back to the pitcher and he bounces it to the shortstop and everybody is safe. Next hitter Tommy La Stella gets a single, and they stop Jason Heyward at 3rd, but the centerfielder kicks it once and then kicks it backward. Tie game.”
Well, after the tie, Jeurys Familia settled down to get 2 outs and Doumit was brought in to pinch hit. He walked to load them again. Then Andrelton Simmons, a/k/a “I swing hard in case I hit it”, hit a high chopper to third. Eric Campbell jumped, got his glove on it, and dropped it. One more in and everybody safe.
Craig Kimbrel krakenized the 9th, waiting until the last batter before lowering our anticipation of possible seeing consecutive Kraken saves without a K. That is too impossible. Almost as impossible as 3 errors in one inning bringing 4 in.