May 29, 2013
One night following a rare Mets comeback victory ..made even rarer by the fact that it happened against the "Evil Empire" Yankees, the Mets honored retiring Hall of Famer closer Mariano Rivera by having him throw out the first pitch in the finale of this 2 game "Subway Series" at Citi Field and then proceeded to "whack" the "legend" around the ball yard in the bottom of the ninth inning to secure a walk off 2-1 victory.
The win sent the Mets off to the Bronx for another ridiculous 2 game interleague series against the Bombers on an improbable 3 game winning streak.
Both starters, Matt Harvey of the Mets and Hiroki Kuroda of the Yanks deserved far batter fates than the "no decisions" provided by their respective offenses and bullpens.
Harvey continued to be the "stud" of the Flushing crew as he shut down the Yanks, allowing a single earned run on 6 hits while striking out 10 and walking none over his 8 innings. Scott Rice pitched a scoreless ninth for the Mets and was able to "vulture" the win after the Mets bottom of the inning offensive "barrage".
Kuroda did his part for the "other" New York squad by tossing 7 shutout innings allowing just 4 hits before turning over a 1-0 lead to the bullpen. David Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth inning before the Mets "abused" the honoree, Rivera, by stringing together a lead-off double from Daniel Murphy followed by an RBI single from David Wright, who advanced to second base on CFer Brett Gardner's throwing error and Lucas Duda's bloop single to right field which scored a jubilant Wright with the winning run
Let's hope this much needed shot in the arm (Kick in the ASS?) can propel the Mets to some better play following a dismal first 1/3 of the season.