The first walk-off of the 2014 season for the Mets belongs to Ike Davis.
After four innings of a pitcher’s duel between Dillon Gee and Johnny Cueto, the Reds were able to strike first. After falling behind 2-0 to Ryan Ludwick, Gee left a curve right over the middle of the plate that Ludwick wrapped around the left field foul pole.
Ruben Tejada got the Mets into the hit column with a double in the 5th.
Then Curtis Granderson put the Mets onto the board with a go-ahead 2 run homerun in the 6th, his first as a Met.
Pinch hitter Chris Heisey led off the 8th with a bloop double. Two batters later, Brandon Phillips took Gee deep to left field, putting the Reds up 3-2.
Juan Lagares led off the 9th with a walk. Anthony Recker put down a sacrifice bunt. Joey Votto attempted to throw out Lagares at second, who appeared to be safe but was called out. Terry Collins immediately challenged the play.
After a 2:17 review, the call was overturned and Lagares was called safe. The next batter Ruben Tejada drew a walk to load the bases.
Ike Davis came on as a pinch hitter to hit a walk off grand-slam off the Pepsi Porch sign.
Dillon Gee threw 100 pitches over 7 and a 1/3 innings of work, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
The Mets held Joey Votto and Jay Bruce hitless today, as they combined to go 0 for 8.
Lucas Duda followed up his 2 homerun performance last night by going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
The bullpen had another good day. Scott Rice came in and got both Joey Votto and Jay Bruce out. Carlos Torres came on in the 9th and looked good.
Juan Lagares got on base three times today, continuing to look very comfortable at the plate.
Terry Collins is now 1 for 1 on challenges this season.
Dillon Gee pitched great once again, this time using his off-speed stuff more to his advantage. But the decision to let him go out for the top of the 8th is one that will be talked about all day today.
It is well-documented the struggles that Gee has late in games, especially as his pitch count reaches 100. He was at 90 at the bottom of the 7th and his turn at bat came around, but Terry Collins decided to stick with him and it led to a Brandon Phillips home-run.
Credit to the bullpen, which has looked good as of late and was able to keep this a one-run game heading into the 9th.
But the bats bailed out the decision by Terry Collins with a huge 9th inning. A walk by Lagares, some help by video review and an Ike Davis grand-slam capped off a exciting 9th inning for the Mets. This victory should be a huge moral boost for a team that needed it after starting the year 0-3.
The Mets and Reds close out their three game set tomorrow with Jon Niese making his 2014 debut.