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Fistbumps in order again, particularly for Msrs. Niese, Takahashi and Parnell, as wearing this Gary, Keith and Ron t-shirt has netted both a walk-off win and a walk-up win, the latter being the first of the season for the 2009 Mets.

For those who forget, a "walk-up win" is a Mets win in which the go-ahead runs are scored in the bottom of the 8th inning (term coined by Greg Prince, Faith and Fear in Flushing)

* It's walk-up win # 169 for the Mets, who had 4 walk-up wins in 2008.

* It is walk-up win # 16 against the Pirates, the first since July 4, 2006, a 7-6 victory in which a Xavier Nady (former Pirate) single plated the winning run.

* It is Carlos Beltran's first walk-up RBI as a Met.

* It's the 17th walk-up win in which the margin of victory was at least four runs (five-run walk ups are rarer...only 8 have been by 5+). The last was a 7-3 walk-up against the Braves on August 19, 2008.

* Carlos Delgado's home run did indeed give him more RBI than Mickey Mantle. He's now 39th all-time in RBI, a stat kept officially since 1920 with 1,512, and among those he should pass in the near-future are former Met Jeff Kent (38th, 1,518), Joe DiMaggio (36th, 1,537) and former Pirate Willie Stargell (35th, 1,540).

* It was Delgado's 5th game for the Mets in which he had at least 5 RBI

Most 5-RBI Games
Mets History

8-Todd Hundley
7-Darryl Strawberry
7-Dave Kingman
6-Mike Piazza
6-Carlos Beltran
5- Carlos Delgado
5- David Wright
5- Kevin McReynolds

* Bobby Parnell becomes the 290th Mets pitcher to win a game. He is one of 61 Mets pitchers with exactly one win for the team.

True Metnells know...Jonathan Niese isn't the only one who pitched Friday who was born during a Mets championship run. Ken Takahashi was born on April 16, 1969. This date doesn't quite have the excitement of October 27, 1986.

On April 16, 1969, the Mets lost to the Pirates, 11-3. Bob Moose, who would no-hit the Mets later that season, went the distance, and Jose Pagan pummeled Jerry Koosman and company for four hits- two singles, a double, and a triple. The Mets fell to 3-6 with the loss.


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