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Marathon Men

Yesterday I wrote about Hansel Robles and his penchant for inconsistency.  After pitching three days in a row, Terry Collins was not going to use Robles last night by hook or crook.  Shows you what can happen in baseball and why it’s like no other professional sport in the world.  There’s no clock. A game could be played in as little as two hours or theoretically go on forever.  Last night was a close example of the latter as the game stretched to close to 1:00AM and sixteen innings.

There were many heroes.  After falling behind quickly by the score of 4-0 after a first inning grand slam from the bat of Marcell Ozuna, the Mets bounced back in the top of the second.  After loading the bases, Travis d’Arnaud tripled down the right field line clearing the sacks making it a one run game.  So hero number one is d’Arnaud who has got his bat going now.  Curtis Granderson singled in d’Arnaud from third tying the game at 4.  The Mets offense answered the call erasing a four run deficit giving beleaguered Mets starter Robert Gsellman another shot.

Gsellman did settle down.  And while he did, Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores hit back to back jacks then Cespedes hit another bomb two innings later to give the Mets 1 7-4 lead.  But Gsellman fell apart and gave up four runs and the lead in the fifth, blowing his shot at his first win of the season.  So far we have a hero in Cespedes, d’Arnaud, and Flores but not Gsellman.  In this story, Gsellman was the antagonist.

Michael Conforto, who earlier in the day was not sent to AAA Las Vegas to make room for Juan Lagares, got into the act in the eighth inning and doubled to right center to score d’Arnaud with the tying run.  With score tied 8-8, it became the battle of the bullpens.  After Josh Edgin let in two inherited runners closing the books on Gsellman, he managed to get the final outs of the fifth inning.  From that point forward the bullpen was magnificent.  Rafael Montero (1.1 innings), Jerry Blevins (.2 innings), Fernando Salas (2 innings), Addison Reed (2 innings), and then Josh Smoker (3 innings) kept the score tied through the fourteenth inning.

So what was Terry to do? The only pitchers he had left were his starters and Robles.  Collins was forced to go against his wishes and bring in Robles who had to be tired from his previous outings.  Right off the bat you had to feel jittery as Robles gave up a single to the leadoff hitter Miguel Rojas.  But after Rojas was sacrificed to second, Robles got Dee Gorden to fly out and then struck out A. J. Ellis. Very impressive!

Then finally in the top of the sixteenth, Travis d’Arnaud ended the scoring drought by both teams by crushing a lead off fast ball to the moon (or was it deep left field).  It was Robles’ game now to win or lose.  Collins had no one left and was not willing to bring in a starter.  (Paul Sewald had been sent down earlier in the day to make room for Lagares.)

Robles walked Christian Yelich to start the sixteenth.  A pain in the pit of the stomach began.  But Robles got the very frightening Giancarlo Stanton on a well hit line drive to right before striking out the struggling Justin Bour.  That brought up Met killer Marcell Ozuna.  On Robles’ first pitch, Ozuna cracked it to deep center where Lagares corralled it on the warning track to end the marathon.  Had Ozuna hit that ball to left or right, there would have been no happy recap.

SNY votes Travis d’Arnaud the hero and why not?  He had four hits including a bases loaded triple and the game winning home run.  He also scored the tying run way back in the 8th inning.  So yes it’s hard to argue who the hero was.  But for me, I’d give it to Robles.  He’s proven that he can get big outs and is not afraid to try.  Great for him.  Great win.  Great night for the Mets!