W: John Axford (2-1)
L: Dale Thayer (0-1)
HR: Fielder, 2 (17)
MVP: Prince Fielder (+.582)
LVP: Kameron Loe (-.649)
Win Expectancy Graph of Awesomeness
If you left the game early, I feel sorry for you, because you missed a fine display of Plushdamentals.
Tonight's game started out much like yesterday's game- not a lot of offense. The Mets took the first lead of the night when Nick Evans scored on a balk by Randy Wolf. That would be the only blemish on Wolf's line of the night as he turned in one of his better starts of the season. Wolf wasn't dominant; he allowed 4 hits, 2 walks, and hit a batter, but he only gave up the one run over his 6 2/3 innings.
The Mets lead didn't last for long, as Prince Fielder put the Crew ahead in the bottom of the fourth with a 2-run shot. The homer was the 208th of his career, putting him in a tie with Gorman Thomas for third place on the Brewers all-time home run list.
The Crew kept that one run lead until the eighth inning. That's when the wheels came off. Kameron Loe, who had pitched the final out in the seventh inning, came back out for the eighth and allowed a single to Jose Reyes, a walk to Justin Turner, and a run-scoring double to Carlos Beltran to tie the game. But did Ron Roenicke take him out? No. He left him in for a good ol' Yosting. Loe then gave up an RBI single to Angel Pagan and a three-run homer to Ronny Paulino, giving the Mets a 6-2 lead.
It looked like all hope was lost. White flags were being waves and towels thrown in. But then in the bottom of the eighth Craig Counsell walked, and Nyjer Morgan singles. Then Ryan Braun doubled, scoring both runners. Then it was the Big Man's turn. With Braun on second Prince Fielder his his second home run of the night., tying the game at 6-6. And there was much rejoicing.
John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth to set the stage for some ninth inning heroics. Counsell singled to lead off the inning and later stole second. Then Nyjer Morgan stepped to the plate and put on a display of Plushdamentals, hitting a soft liner down the first base line to score Counsell.