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* Mets walk-off loss #380 was their 9th of the season, the most they've had in a season since 2005 (9)

*It's the second time that Josh Willingham has beaten the Mets in walk-off fashion. He hit a walk-off home run against the Mets on August 1, 2006

* This was the 16th time the Mets have lost by walk-off walk, including postseason. It was the Mets first walk-off loss via walk since Dennis Cook walked pinch-hitter Dave Magadan, in a 5-4 10-inning loss to the Padres on August 21, 2000. The last time a non pinch-hitter drew a walk-off walk against the Mets was, well, ya know...

* Only once in Mets history have they had a pitcher finish a game, allowing no hits, and four walks, including a walk-off walk. That would be Bob Rauch, against the Expos, July 2, 1972. He walked four batters in the ninth inning, including walk-offer Ron Fairly in a 4-3 Expos win. Honorable mention to Scott Schoeneweis for his three-walk, one hit batsman walk-off loss against the Padres on June 5.

* Perhaps it's a good omen. In the two years the Mets have won the World Series, they've lost a regular season game via walk-off walk. Those who walked-off were Jim Davenport (1969 Giants) and Curt Ford (1986 Cardinals).

True Metinghams know...Josh Willingham is the fourth player to have both a walk-off walk and a walk-off home run against the Mets. If you read this blog the last few days, you'd know that Dale Murphy is one of the other three players. The other two are Bob Bailey and Jim Davenport. However, Willingham is the only one to have a walk-off walk, a walk-off home run, and make the last out in a Mets division clincher.

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