Skip to main content

Short and Sweet

Have the Mets ever won a game via walk-off due to a shortstop's miscue? You betcha. In fact, we've written about it twice previously

Those two games represent half the number of times that the Mets have triumphed via the E6 and for the purpose of moving towards completing the set, we'll tell you about the most recent of this quartet of occurrences today.

Even though the Mets home opener wasn't a walk-off win (and the E6 only tied the game), there is a parallel to what happened Monday at Shea (and if you couldn't tell, we love historical parallels) in that the game a)took place in April and b) was against a team from Pennsylvania, but we doubt that Pirates shortstop Kevin Polocovich made any comments about his squad being a team to beat. It's a good thing because the Pirates went on to finish 69-93 and games like this didn't help matters much.

It was the third game of the season, back on April 3, 1998 and the Mets had already won once via walk-off, so they were already establishing a trend for this sort of thing. The contest began as a pitchers duel between Rick Reed and Esteban Loaiza. The Pirates scored once in the fourth, but the Mets tied it in the fifth on an RBI double by pre-Piazza catcher Tim Spehr.

The game stayed knotted till the 9th and that's when it got highly entertaining. In the top of the frame, Jose Guillen reached on a one-out single off Greg McMichael. Doug Strange followed with a double to the left field corner. Had Guillen been held at third, the Pirates would have had a nice threatening position from which to work, but alas on this occasion, Guillen was waved home. Leftfielder Bernard Gilkey dug the ball out of the corner, threw to cutoff man Rey Ordonez, whose subsequent peg home beat Guillen by an estimated 40(!) feet.

The last of the 9th began as all good rallies do, with a walk, this one to first baseman John Olerud. After a failed bunt by Carlos Baerga, the Pirates made a double switch, bringing Marc Wilkins in to pitch and Polocovich in to play shortstop. Brian McRae, typically a rally killer, walked to put runners on first and second, but Spehr whiffed for the second out.

With Ordonez up, the Mets got some good fortune with the help of a wild pitch that pushed runners to second and third. Thus, when Ordonez hit a potential inning-ending grounder to shortstop, the game came down to whether Polocovich could make the play right. He couldn't. Polocvich's throw to first was high and Ordonez dove safely for first base under the tag of first baseman Kevin Young, allowing failed bunter Carlos Baerga to score the winning run.

True Metllins know...The only walk-off E6 that we've failed to write about was made by the Padres Luis Salazar, usually a third baseman, on May 14, 1989.


Popular posts from this blog

The best Mets ejections I know

When you think of the Mets and famous ejections, I'm guessing you first think of the famous Bobby Valentine mustache game, when after Valentine got tossed, he returned to the dugout in disguise. You know it. You love it. I remember being amused when I asked Bobby V about it while we were working on Baseball Tonight, how he simply said "It worked. We won the game." (true) But the Bobby V mustache game of June 9, 1999 is one of many, many memorable Mets ejection stories. And now thanks to Retrosheet and the magic of , we have a convenient means for being able to share them. Ever since Retrosheet's David Smith recently announced that the Retrosheet ejection database was posted online , I've been a kid in a candy store. I've organized the data and done some lookups of media coverage around the games that interested me post. Those newspaper accounts fill in a lot of blanks. Without further ado (and with more work to do), here are some of my findings

Minutiae Break: Worst Mets Relievers

It occurs to me after 79 straight walk-off related posts and some fatigue still remaining from Saturday's finish that I did promise to bring Metspective on other issues related to the Flushing 9, so I offer this posting up as a "Minutiae Break." This came about after several discussions related to the offhand Dick Tidrow/Danny Graves remark the other day , the conclusion of which indicated that it would be fun to create a list of the worst Mets relievers of all-time. I don't want to step on the territory of other bloggers, like " Faith and Fear in Flushing ," Mets Guy in Michigan " and " Metstradamus ," so I'll tread carefully here, aided by their influence. Should any friends, family members, or fans of these pitchers visit this site, I mean no harm. I'm just here to have a little fun with this topic. The ground rules are as follows: The pitcher must have had a Mets stint as long as Dick Tidrow's (11 games, 15 2/3 innings), for wh

The 'Duca of Earl (and walk-offs)

If I told you that the Mets had just obtained a guy who is a career .316 hitter with runners in scoring position? How about if I told you that the Mets just traded for a hitter who has consistently ranked among the toughest in baseball to strike out? Or if I mentioned that the Mets just dealt for a player who was selected to the NL All-Star team the last three seasons, with the last honor coming via a vote by his peers? So, although he's on the down side age wise, his throwing arm isn't as good as it used to be, and he doesn't provide much power, there are a lot of good things that Paul Lo Duca brings to the New York Mets. For example: He'll sacrifice his body for the good of the team The Dodgers and Braves squared off on August 23, 2002 and Lo Duca made an impact both on the start and finish of this game. Three pitches after being dusted by Greg Maddux, Lo Duca made him pay with a first-inning home run. The Braves rallied to tie the game, 3-3 in the ninth, but their bu