— Days Without Shea —

Filed under: Baseball | Mets
by Kingman on April 28 at 11:21PM

JuliofrancoFor the second time in a week, the Mets were down to their last strike, then rallied to win.

The Nationals were the victims in extra innings Saturday. The hero: old man Franco. In 12 innings, the Mets finally extinguished the Nats 6–2.

Julio faced Nats closer Cordero with two on and two out in the top of the ninth, and with the Mets losing 2–1. On a 1–2 count, Franco lined a fastball into right field, scoring Endy Chavez.

Tuesday night, Damien Easley saved the game for the Mets against the Rockies, hitting a 10th inning home run to keep hope alive. The Mets eventually won that game, also in the 12th.

These kind of wins are important for any team. Clearly some guys are struggling right now. Delgado went 0–4 to drop his average to .187 and left 3 men on. And Heilman failed to deliver in another outing. But despite shortcomings, the Mets found a way to win. Alot of teams would have laid down (especially with the three atrocious calls made by 1st base umpire Tony Randazzo, one of which caused Randolph to get tossed). But the team showed resiliency tonight.

Also on the plus side: David Wright landed 2 RBI’s with a nice hit in the 12th. And Sele had a good outing after getting pummeled Thursday.

Tomorrow afternoon: John Maine vs. Jason Bergmann.

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