Thursday, April 26, 2012
Nieu-WIN-huis! Mets Put The "Walk" In Walk-Off!
I guess you really can't walk 'em all.
New Marlins' closer Heath Bell walked four batters, including a bases-loaded walk after an epic 13-pitch at-bat by Justin Turner, then finally got a strike over to Kirk Nieuwenhuis. 350 feet later, that strike landed over the head of rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton, producing the final tally in the Mets' 3-2 win over the last place Miami Marlins.
For the second time in the series, the Mets drew four walks in an inning, with the fourth walk taking starter Jonathon Niese off the hook for the loss. Niese was outstanding in his fourth start of the season, allowing two runs in seven innings of work. He allowed four hits, walked none and struck out six.
But today was all about Kirk Nieuwenhuis' hit and the Mets' patience at the plate in the ninth inning. The Mets are now 11-8 after their sweep of the Marlins and are playing solid baseball all around.
The only thing I have to add to this is a tribute to the Marlins. The Mets began the series with a video tribute to Jose Reyes (who grounded into a crucial 3-6-3 double play in the eighth inning that kept the Marlins' lead at one) and now I'm ending it with my own video tribute. Just watch this scene from Forrest Gump and substitute the word "marlin" whenever you hear the word "shrimp". (I've done that "translation" for you, which you will find underneath the video.) Enjoy! And as always, let's go Mets!!
"Anyway, like I was sayin', marlin is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. They's uh, marlin kabobs, marlin creole, marlin gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple marlin, lemon marlin, coconut marlin, pepper marlin, marlin soup, marlin stew, marlin salad, marlin and potatoes, marlin burger, marlin sandwich. That's - that's about it."