Michael Conforto’s best Mets moments #2: Walk-off vs. Nationals on 8/9/19
Anytime Sean Doolittle takes the mound, Mets fans are in for something special.
First, some background. In the top of the 9th inning, the Mets were down 5-3. Luis Avilan then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Trea Turner to score from third and extend the Nationals’ lead. Avilan then struck out Matt Adams, stranding Adam Eaton on third.
J.D. Davis led off the bottom of the 9th with a double to left field. Wilson Ramos followed with a single to center, advancing Davis to third. Todd Frazier came up next and launched a moonshot of a homer down the left field line to send the Citi Field crowd into hysterics and tie the game at six.
After a mound visit, Joe Panik hit a single to center. Juan Lagares tried to bunt him to second, but wound up reaching first as Anthony Rendon threw to second for the forceout. McNeil flew out to left before Amed Rosario hit a single to give the Mets runners at first and second.
Conforto came up and worked a 2-2 count before getting a fastball middle-in. He turned on it, driving it over Eaton’s head to send Lagares home with the winning run. The team mobbed Conforto in shallow center field, showering him in water and ripping off his jersey. This was the Mets’ seventh win in a row, during a stretch where they won 14 out of 15.