8) Best NY Mets wins of the season: 6/5 at Dodgers
The Mets headed out west in the beginning of June to face the Dodgers, Padres, and Angels for ten grueling games. The road trip got off to a brutal start as the Mets looked overmatched, scoring just one run in the first two games at Dodger Stadium.
The Mets won the third game of the series thanks to two home runs by Pete Alonso. Securing a split of the series seemed pretty unlikely as the Mets had Trevor Williams starting against Julio Urias.
While I try to be as optimistic as anyone, I had a pretty bad feeling about this game. That feeling worsened when Trea Turner hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
The Mets showed all season that they were a resilient bunch, and they proved it again on this day, by never giving up. Williams did not allow another run in his five innings of work which was huge.
The Mets would tie the game on a Pete Alonso RBI double in the eighth inning. Eduardo Escobar's sacrifice fly gave the Mets the lead, and Tomas Nido's RBI single gave them some insurance.
With the meat of the Dodgers order due up in the bottom of the eighth, Buck Showalter turned to Edwin Diaz to try and keep the Mets in front. Naturally, he retired the side in order.
With a 4-2 lead in hand heading into the bottom of the ninth I figured even with Diaz out of the game, Seth Lugo would be fine to end it. I was wrong as the Dodgers tied it on an Eddy Alvarez single in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mets ended up taking the lead in extra innings on a J.D. Davis RBI double, but they only got one run.
With the key Mets relievers either used or unavailable, the Mets turned to Adonis Medina in the bottom of the tenth inning to try and shut the door. Medina was set to face Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, and Trea Turner in that inning with the ghost runner at second base.
I don't even think the most optimistic Mets fan thought that Medina would get the job done. To everyone's surprise, Medina retired Betts and Freeman. Trea Turner would reach on an unfortunate catcher's interference call. He then stole second base, so the Dodgers had the tying run at third and the winning run at second.
Instead of walking Will Smith who had homered in the ninth to face a struggling Justin Turner, the Mets opted to attack the Dodgers' backstop. Medina attacked and struck Smith out to end the game. This was easily one of the more improbable wins I've ever seen, with the starting pitching matchup and the reliever who closed it out.