The 2022 New York Mets are a resilient bunch. They have the spirit of a winning team, and the roster of a legitimate playoff contender. They proved both of those sentences last night, with an incredible ninth-inning rally to secure an improbable come-from-behind victory against a division rival, the Philadelphia Phillies, with an 8-7 score.
They did it less than a week after stunning the Phillies with a combined no-hitter. They managed to top that, somehow, with last night’s win: they got to the ninth inning trailing 7-1, but they wouldn’t give up that easily.
It was the Mets’ largest comeback win in 25 years. “This doesn’t happen every day,” Brandon Nimmo said to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Nimmo was one of the batters with a crucial hit in the ninth.
“We just strung a lot of good at-bats together by some good hitters,” manager Buck Showalter said.
An incredible inning for the Mets
Marte started off the ninth with a leadoff single. At that point, the Mets’ win probability was a meager 0.5 percent. Then, Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer that put the game 7-3.
“It was just one of those euphoric moments that just kind of took over,” Marte said about Lindor’s blast. “After that, that’s when the lineup really got it going and they were battling and battling, and we were able to take it to another level.”
With two runners on and one out, Mark Canha hit an RBI single that meant the game was now 7-4. Dominic Smith struck out for out number two, but the best was yet to come for the Mets.
JD Davis hit an RBI double, and the game was 7-5, still in favor of the Phils. With two runners on, Nimmo hit an improbable game-tying single, and the people at Citizens Bank Park couldn’t believe it.
“I don’t think it was shock, I think it was just happiness,” Lindor said. “It’s like, ‘Yes, we’re doing it!’ We all believed it [could happen], but it’s just like, ‘It’s happening, it’s happening.’ You don’t have too many nights like that.”
Marte also said: “Once Nimmo tied the game up, that’s when I said, ‘Let me stand in there and do what I have to and get that base hit.’”
And boy, he did get a hit. Marte’s double turned around the score for the Mets, who were now winning 8-7.
“The game doesn’t end until that team gets 27 outs,” Marte said. “So we go out there, we compete and we hope to be victorious.”
It was an incredible night to be a Mets fan.