Last night Mets fans and baseball fans around the nation were awarded with two outstanding games, although one of them Mets fans would like to forget.
The Philadelphia Phillies took one step closer to the Fall Classic by beating the LA Dodgers 5-4. The Dodgers had a 4-3 lead going into the bottom of the ninth until Mets nemesis, one of many on that team, hit a double to win the game.
I can promise you every Mets fan either shut the television set off, or thought about throwing something at the tv. So now the Phils have a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven series.
Let’s get to a happier story; Yankees and Angels.
They say good always conquers evil. Well yesterday proved that. In another extra inning game, which I would love it if the Angels could just beat the Yanks in nine innings, the Halos have finally had their moment.
In dramatic fashion, because walk-offs usually are, the Angels beat the Evil Empire 5-4 when Jeff Mathis hit a double deep into the gap in centerfield to score Howard Kendrick from first base. Kendrick flew around those bases knowing that this was their chance to win it.
Who lost this game? Yanks manager Joe Girardi. He has been credited during the regular season for managing the bullpen well during the regular season. This time, it bit him and bit him hard.
For whatever reason, he thought it would be a smart idea to take out David Robertson and put in Alfredo Aceves. Nobody understood this move. There were two outs in the ninth. Robertson was perfect.
Well, Aceves gave up the single to Kendrick causing Mets fans and Angels fans alike to start making noise. Then, Jeff Mathis came to the plate. He crushed the ball so deep I thought it was a home run. What better way to win the game, right? Instead, it rolled to the wall in centerfield.
When Kendrick came home, he slid, hit the plate, and jumped so high you would have thought he played in the NBA.
My favorite part of the game?
When Mariano Rivera threw the ball away in the bottom of the tenth when trying to make a play at third base. He was sprawled out on the grass screaming when he realized what he had done. It almost cost them the game.
Wait! The Angels won anyway. It did not matter.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Angels are back in this series. They have a chance to tie up this series. It continues tonight at 7:35pm EST.
I’ll be on my futon watching this game. Where will you be?
I need tostitos and salsa. No better way to watch a baseball game. Maybe some pizza too.