May 30, 2007

Mets Pull It Out In The 12th

Anthony Di Como at, writes about the 12 inning nail biter win last night:

The first baseman once again filled the role of extra-inning hero, launching a two-out walk-off homer in the 12th inning to give the Mets some late-inning magic, and a 5-4 win that just moments earlier had seemed improbable.

"When you come to the plate with an opportunity to win a game for your team -- especially at home -- it's great," Delgado said. "Every little kid dreams of that."

Perhaps even more significant than the win was tangible evidence that Delgado's slump has officially ended. Batting just .209 as little as one week ago, Delgado now has 11 hits in his last six games, including four home runs -- two of which came on Tuesday.

"They say, 'Watch out when he gets hot,'" said reliever Joe Smith, who notched a gift win after Delgado's blast left the yard. "He can hit, and I'm seeing it firsthand."

Yet from the crowd reaction, it was hard to tell which meant more -- Delgado's dramatics, or the meltdown of Giants reliever Armando Benitez. Shea certainly reveled in both, but took a little extra pride in undressing a reliever who spent a turbulent five years in New York at the start of the decade.

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