Miguel Gonzales walked the first batter he faced in 4 of his 5 innings. Despite this, he still managed to hold the Mets to one run before turning things over to the bullpen. Dan Jennings got into a bit of a jam loading the bases in the 6th while only retiring 2, but Zack Putnam put out the fire to end the inning still trailing 1-0.
Jose Abreu drew a walk, which was a sight for sore eyes, until he was caught stealing on a strike'em out, throw'em out ending the 4th inning. I don't understand why he was on the move. Yeah it was a full count, but there was only 1 out.
Jake DeGrom was mowing down the White Sox offense all afternoon. Todd Frazier the lone blemish, with a solo HR in the top of the 7th. It was his league leading 17th bomb. The long-haired hurler pretty much made short work of everyone else, striking out 10, scattering 5 hits and walking just 1 through 7 innings of work.
Zack Duke worked a scoreless 7th, with things knotted at 1 in this rubber match. Addison Reed came on to face PH Jimmy Rollins and the top of the order in the 8th. He walked Adam Eaton but drew weak contact the rest of the scoreless frame.
Bottom 8 saw the Sox going to their 5th pitcher of the night, Nate Jones. He got Neil Walker, gave up a base hit to James Loney, then walked Juan Ligares after having him down 0-2. I though ball 3 should have been a punch out but it is what it is. The White Sox 4th double play of the game, 4-6-3 ended the inning, covering up those 9 walks by White Sox pitchers.
The Mets closer worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning as the bullpens kept volleying scoreless innings back and forth.
Nate Jones followed suit in his second inning of work. Free baseball!
My favorite name in baseball came out the start the 10th for the Metropolitans, Antonio Bastardo. After a strikeout of Tyler Saladino, Bastardo gave up a base hit to Alex Avila and walked PH Avisail Garcia. Adam Eaton chased a bad pitch on a 2-2 count for the second out. The Mets went to the pen again for Jim Henderson to face Pito with two on and two out. He struck out swinging. Sigh. This was turning into a war of attrition.
David Robertson came on in the bottom of the 10th batting in Adam Eaton's lead off spot, with Avisail Garcia staying in the game in right field, much to the consternation of those in the game thread. D Bob did his job though and we went to the 11th.
Sox couldn't do anything against Henderson after a lead off walk to Frazier, the White Sox only source of offense.
Strike out, ground out, single, walk, and suddenly the Sox closer had a 2-2 count, 2 on and 2 out in his second inning of work. A high fly ball to centerfield off Curtis Granderson's bat ended the threat.
Eleven walks through eleven innings for the White Sox staff and they somehow managed to allow just 1 run.
Things got squirrelly in the 12th. Hansel Robels got the first guy but then pulled up lame with a full count to Avisail Garcia. He was lifted as a precaution and Logan Verrett came on to get a couple ground outs.
Phat cat Matt Albers came on in the bottom of 12. The 7th White Sox pitcher. The bench was empty save for Dioner Navarro. No one had brought their bats. Albers walked the lead off man keeping the bb:inning ratio at 1. Frazier started the 6-4-3 double play, 5th of the day for the White Sox to clear the bases. Michael Conforto 0-6 with 4 Ks, one of two Mets regulars to not draw a walk along with their catcher. Albers closed out the inning sending the rubber match that wouldnt end to the 13th inning.
Matt Albers led off the inning, stepping out of the box for ball 1, and watching strike one and two with the bat glued to his shoulder. He got a piece of a 91 mph pitch fouling it back, then took ball two low. He roped the fifth pitch for a double. It was amazing. He got it to the wall over the shallow playing centerfielder and barely loped into second in time. A wild pitch and Cat Albers hauled ass to third base. lol omfg.
Abreu swung out of his shoes trying to score the pitcher on the 1-0, and fouled off another for a 1-2 count. He stayed alive with another foul ball. Abreu roped a fly ball to centerfield for a sac fly, that saw Phat Matt digging hard for home plate, scoring after his first hit since 2007.
Todd Frazier was hit by a pitch but was caught stealing second for two outs. Melky grounded out. It was all up to Albers. He induced a ground out from Legares, struck out Ty Kelly, and walked the catcher Rene Rivera. 13 innings, 13 walks from the Sox. Every Mets regular drew a base on balls except Conforto. What a weird game. Plawecki ground out to Frazier and after the 6-3 this ball game was Ovah!
Sox take the series in New York, their first winning road series since April, lead by SSS hero Matt Albers. As Hawk Harrelson would say, your offense is only as good as your bullpen.
Here's to you Albers. Good job today.