The New York Mets (32-26) showed continuous fight last night offensively, as they rallied to defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates (32-27) by the score of 6-5 in ten innings. Wilmer Flores played hero for the Mets with an RBI base hit in the top of the tenth inning. The offense fighting back last night is something we haven’t seen since their last victory on Saturday against the Marlins. There seemed to be a different energy surrounding the ball club last night, as it appeared nobody on the bench wanted to leave Pittsburgh being swept, and fall victim to the Pirates for the tenth straight time. The Mets absolutely needed this game going forward, because they are clearly a wounded club right now, and nothing would be worse than going into Milwaukee on a four game losing streak with a shaken confidence.
Michael Conforto’s 2-run homer to tie the game in the top of the eighth, and the three hits by Yoenis Cespedes last night have to be good for each of those player’s confidence level’s moving forward. Both of those players are going being counted on to help carry the Mets offense, and while they both have been struggling, so has the rest of the lineup around them.
Neil Walker’s return to PNC Park did not go exactly how he wanted on the field as he committed three errors during the series, including a costly one last night that essentially cost the Mets two runs. Walker came into the Pittsburgh series with only one error on the season, but with all the emotion he was playing with, Walker could definitely use the getaway from Pittsburgh to get back to normalcy.
The Mets now have a chance to go into Milwaukee for four games and come out with a winning road trip if they are able to take care of business. The Mets swept the Brewers in three games last month at Citi Field, and they will look to continue their dominance against the Brewers over the next four days. Bartolo Colon (4-3, 3.27 ERA) will get the first crack at Milwaukee tonight, against Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson (5-4, 3.23 ERA).