October 19, 2006: NLCS Game 7 vs. St. Louis
No list would be complete without talking about this game. John Maine was brilliant in Game 6 the night before and, aside from a hiccup by Billy Wagner in the 9th, the Mets cruised and were able to force a decisive Game 7.
This game had everything: David Wright’s RBI single in the first, a duel between Jeff Suppan and Oliver Perez, and Endy Chavez’s immortal catch in the top of the 6th. Unfortunately, Aaron Heilman gave up a two-run shot to Yadier Molina in the 9th.
Despite all that, the Mets had the chance to tie or win in the bottom of the 9th against Adam Wainwright. Formidable hitters Jose Valentin and Endy Chavez hit back-to-back singles to open the frame and Paul Lo Duca walked to load the bases with two outs.
But then, nothing. With the tying run in scoring position and two outs in the bottom of the 9th – a situation kids in their backyard dream of – Carlos Beltran took strike three.
BONUS – October 31, 2015: World Series Game 4 vs. Kansas City
This one is a little more personal for me. Game Four of the 2015 World Series fell on Halloween night and my wife and I made a last-minute decision to fly in from Los Angeles for it.
The Mets won Game 3 the night before, as David Wright homered and drove in four, and Citi Field was buzzing with the prospect of tying up the series. Michael Conforto homered twice and the Mets were ahead 3-1 after five innings.
Two more runs scored on consecutive singles against Jeurys Familia, and just like that the Royals took a 3-1 series lead.
Without Murphy’s error, the Mets would’ve been ahead 3-2 with runners on second and third and two outs. Instead, the game slipped away and the series was lost the next night.
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