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Some spare, somewhat useless notes from Saturday, with the possibility of more to come, plus a bonus note from Sunday's game.

Documented walk-off #328, the 9-8 triumph on Saturday, was the sixth Mets walk-off win of the season, the second in a row by a 9-8 score.

It was the 22nd walk-off win against the Nationals/Expos franchise and the first walk-off win vs the Nationals/Expos franchise since a 7-6 triumph on July 1, 2003 (Tony Clark single).

It was the first walk-off win to take place on an August 20th. The Mets have had one walk-off win on an August 19 (1969, Tommie Agee homers in extra-innings to beat Juan Marichal and the Giants, 1-0) and an Amazin' five on August 21sts. It is the second walk-off win this month. The last time the Mets had two August walk-off wins was August, 1999.

It was the fourth Mets straight walk-off win to take place in extra-innings. The last time the Mets had a run of four straight walk-offs, all of which took place in extra-innings and during the same regular season, was in 1997 when they had five straight such walk-offs.

Here's a list (albeit unofficial) of every Mets player to record two or more walk-off hits in a season, as Chris Woodward became the latest addition.

1962- Frank Thomas, Marv Throneberry
1963- Tim Harkness, Jim Hickman
1964- Joe Christopher
1965- John Stephenson
1967- Jerry Buchek
1969- Jerry Grote, Bud Harrelson
1971- Tommie Agee, Bob Aspromonte, Donn Clendenon, Duffy Dyer, Cleon Jones
1972- Jim Beauchamp
1973- Felix Millan, John Milner
1974- Rusty Staub
1977- Lenny Randle
1978- Steve Henderson
1979- John Stearns
1980- Ron Hodges, Mike Jorgensen
1983- George Foster, Rusty Staub
1984- Wally Backman, Keith Hernandez
1985- Gary Carter
1986- Gary Carter (includes postseason), Ray Knight, Tim Teufel
1987- Kevin McReynolds
1988- Kevin Elster
1989- Dave Magadan
1991- Kevin McReynolds
1993- Bobby Bonilla
1995- Chris Jones, Joe Orsulak
1996- Chris Jones
1997- Carlos Baerga, Carl Everett
1999- Matt Franco, Robin Ventura (includes postseason)
2001- Rey Ordonez, Tsuyoshi Shinjo
2003- Tony Clark
2004- Mike Cameron
2005- Chris Woodward

True Metcobs know...Had the Mets rallied to win on Sunday, it would have been the second time this season that Mike Jacobs (fourth Mets player to homer in his first AB, joining Benny Ayala, Mike Fitzgerald and Kaz Matsui) played an integral role in rallying his team from a sizable deficit. On May 27, against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees Double-A affiliate), Jacobs hit a walk-off two-run home run to centerfield, capping a major rally and giving the Binghamton Mets an 8-6 walk-off win, one of nine walk-off victories this season by Jack Lind's club. It was Binghamton's biggest comeback win of the season and came, interestingly enough, after the team had been rained our for four straight games (Jacobs, who ended his minor-league stint with a 22-game hitting streak, apparently doesn't mind long layoffs)...Thanks to Binghamton Mets play-by-play voice Rob Ford for the info.

Comments

pkstudios said…
whoa, no Mookie walk-off in 86? Don't errors count too?
pkstudios said…
I should have noted how much I love the site. Sorry about about over Zeile-ousness to make my previuos comment.
pkstudios said…
and, on closer inspection, I see you're talking about 2 in a season. Oops.

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