Inside Mr. Met's Head

July 27, 2009 10:40 PM

Recap: Tatis' Grand Slam Gives Mets Third Win in a Row

Whether the Mets make a run at the playoffs this year or not, it is much more fun watching them play lately. While chaos and embarrassment surrounds the team off the field, they have been doing all the right things on the field, and translating it into victories. Fernando Tatis broke a 3-3 tie in the 8th with the Mets first pinch-hit grand slam in 9 years, lifting New York to a 7-3 win over the Wild Card leading Rockies.

Tatis came in to pinch-hit with 1 out and the bases loaded against lefty Franklin Morales, and looked overmatched after going down 0-2 in the count. But Tatis, who has hit into a double play seemingly every time up with runners on, golfed the next pitch over the left-center field wall for his 8th career grand slam. It was the 1st pinch-hit slam for the Metsies since Todd Pratt did it in 2001, and it propelled the Mets to their 3rd straight win.

Frankie Rodriguez came on and pitched a 1-2-3 9th to finish the game, giving Pedro Feliciano his 3rd win of the year.

Oliver Perez pitched mediocre again, going just 5 innings and allowing 3 runs, on homeruns by Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes. Perez walked 4 and struck out 5, leaving with a 3-1 deficit.

The Mets put together 2 runs with small ball off Ubaldo Jiminez in the 6th to tie the game at 3, getting an RBI single from Daniel Murphy and a clutch sac fly by pinch-hitter Cory Sullivan. Jeff Francoeur hit his 3rd homer as a Met to score their 1st run of the game.

MVP: Fernando Tatis

I am very happy for Tatis, who I like a lot. But no matter how nice he is he needed a big hit in a big way, and that was as big as it gets. Tatis said after the game, "There's a lot of energy on the team right now...We can do this. We know that we can do this..." I don't know if I agree with you yet Fernando, but keep showing me games like this and I will start to say "Ya Gotta Believe!"

LVP: Juan Rincon

Juan Rincon may not have served up the grand slam to Tatis, but he received a well-earned loss tonight. Rincon came in to start the 8th, and promptly walked Luis Castillo, David Wright. and Jeff Francoeur before giving way to Morales. He was throwing the ball all over the place, and set the stage for the dramatic blast.

Ulcer Meter: 2 out of 5 Ulcers

It's house money at this point as this team is all but buried. If they can make a miraculous run that would be amazing obviously, but just winning some games is a welcomed change.

Rizzi's Random Rants:

-What went on today with Omar Minaya, Tony Bernazard, and Adam Rubin was a disgrace. What went on at Citi Field tonight was a beautiful thing.

-In case you haven't heard what was said between Minaya and Rubin at today's presser firing Tony Bernazard, you can read the transcript at Amazin' Avenue, or listen at

-Luis Castillo still has not totally redeemed himself for his drop at Yankee Stadium in my mind, but he HAS been playing great, so kudos to Luis.

-Jeff Francoeur has been so far, so good. He still needs to learn how to draw a walk (tonight was his first as a Met, and it was intentional), but he has provided a spark in the lineup.

-Four scoreless innings for the bullpen tonight. Keep it up, guys....

-The Mets have won 3 in a row for the 1st time since a 4 game streak from May 25-29. I didn't believe it when I heard it, but it's true. Wow.

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