Mar 21, 2018

Remembering Mets History: (2015) Juan Uribe Has A Walk Off Hit In His Second Mets Game

Sunday July 26th 2015: Terry Collins New York Mets (51-48) had just come off a much needed victory after a week of losing five of eight games. They were in second place two games behind the Washington Nationals. The Mets had gotten a shot in the arm this week as they had just acquired veterans, Kelly Johnson & Juan Uribe.

On this matinee at Citi, the Mets hosted Don Mattingly's first place Los Angeles Dodgers (56-44) in front of 36,093 fans. Jacob deGrom went up against Zack Greinke in a much anticipated pitching match.

Starting Lineups

In the home 3rd, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was hit by a pitch, advanced to third base on Kevin Plawecki's base hit. Nieuwenhuis then scored on Jacob deGroms fielders choice. deGrom sailed along blanking the Dodgers as did Greinke.

But in the home 6th, Curtis Granderson led off with a base hit, stole second & was sacrificed over to third. Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally and Kelly Johnson bounced one to first base. Adrian Gonzales threw home & got Granderson out at home. But then Lucas Duda walked to load the bases & Greinke hit his second batter, plunking Michael Conforto. Murphy scored from third making it 2-0.

Jacob deGrom pitched into the 8th inning (7.2 innings) shutting out L.A. allowing just two hits with eight strike outs & a pair of walks.

Jeurys Familia came on to save it but didn't have it today, he blew his fourth save on the year as the Dodgers tied it up scoring two runs. Doubles to Gonzalez & then ex Met Justin Turner made it 2-1, then Yasmil Grandal's base hit tied it.

Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless 10th inning & the Mets came to bat. Granderson led off with a double off pitcher Juan Nicasio. After a failed bunt attempt by Ruben Tejada Murphy was walked again. Kenley Jansen came in to pitch for the Dodgers & Juan Uribe who had struck out in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter came to bat.

In just his second game as a Met, Uribe became an instant hero. He hit a fly ball over the centerfielder's head scoring Granderson with the game winning, walk off run.

In 44 games with the 2015 Mets, Uribe hit 6 HRs drove in 20 runs & hit 9 doubles.

2015 NL Champion Mets Big Time Utility Player: Juan Uribe (2015)

Juan Cespedes Uribe Tena was born March 22nd 1979 in the Dominican Republic. The right handed infielder would go on to play second, third & short stop in his long career. He began playing professionally in 1997 at just 18 years old.

Uribe would debut with the 2001 Colorado Rockies, hitting 11 triples in his rookie year. He played three years there, with 2002 being his only full season.

He then moved on to the Chicago White Sox being the starting short stop on the teams 2005 World Championship team. He he hit over twenty HRs & drove in over 70 runs in three of his five seasons there.

Post Season: In the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox, Uribe homered in Game #1 driving in three runs in the Sox 14-2 rout. He hit safely in every game of the series sweep & drove in another run in the clinching 5-3 game #3 victory. In the ALCS he hit safely in four of the five games against the Anaheim Angels.

In the World Series against the Houston Astros, he drove in runs in the first two games of the series sweep. Overall he collected 12 post season hits. In Game #4 he made a leaping catch diving into the stands for a pop fly.

In 2009 he signed a two year deal with the San Francisco Giants, where he won another a World Series. Uribe  put up his best season power numbers in the Giants 2010 Championship Season with career highs in HRs (24) & RBIs (85). 

Post Season: In Game # of the NLCS he broke an 8th inning 2-2 tie, with a HR off the Phillies Ryan Madson at Citizens Bank Park. The HR won the game for the Giants as they won the series four games to one, advancing to the World Series. Uribe drove in three runs in that NLCS.

World Series: In the World Series against the Texas Rangers he hit a three run HR in Game #1 at San Francisco, in a wild 11-7 Giants win. He drove in two more runs in Game #2 in the Giants 9-0 shut out, behind Matt Cain.

Uribe's next stop was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he spent parts of five seasons making two more post seasons. He became more of a reserve player in those years.

Post Season: In 2013 he had another fine post season, hitting two HRs against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.

In Game #4, with LA down 3-2, he hit a two run 8th inning HR off David Carpenter which proved to be the game winner & series clinching win. He would drive in three ore runs in the NLCS loss to the St. Louis Cards.

In 2015 he went from the Dodgers to the Atlanta Braves, then on July 24th he was traded along with Kelly Johnson to the New York Mets. He & Johnson would play key roles in participating to the Mets NL Championship.

At first when the deal was made the team was criticized for not making a bigger deal, that all changed on July 31st when they acquired Yoenis Cespedes.

In just his second game as a Met, Uribe delivered a walk off base hit against his old Dodgers team mates for an exciting 3-2 Mets win. Just two days later he hit his first Mets HR. In August he began to get more playing time, and hit HRs in back to back games in Florida vs the Marlins & Rays.

In mid August he drove in runs in three of four games, hitting his fourth Mets HR as well.  Before August was done, Uribe would hit two more HRs. In the Mets big month of August where they too over first place, Uribe was a huge contributor, hitting 5 HRs & driving in 13 runs.

In September he had a big three hit, three RBI day on September 10th in a 7-2 Mets win at Atlanta. On September 18th, he came into the game late & hit a two run HR in the subway series, helping the Mets in a 5-1 win over the AL New York team. From there he suffered a chest contusion & missed out on the final days of the season & had to be left off the initial post season roster.

2015 World Series: Uribe was activated for the World Series, and as usual made the most of being on the big stage.

He made a pinch hit appearance in the World Series Game #3, in the 6th inning where he singled bringing in Juan Lagares for the Mets sixth run of the game. He would score on David Wright's two run single.

In 2016 he closed out his career with the Cleveland Indians, playing until August when he was released by the AL Champions.

In his16 year career he batted .255 with 199 HRs 1568 hits 323 doubles 43 triples & 816 RBIs with 388 walks 1224 strike outs & a .301 on base % in 1826 games.

He has played 917 games at short, 644 at third & 228 at second base with 7 games as a DH.

He won two World Series titles, played in three World Series & played in six post seasons, while winning two defensive Player Awards.

Mar 20, 2018

Remembering Mets History (1983): George Foster Has Five Walk Off Hits On the Year

1983: The Mets were starting to turn things around in 1983. It was the year Tom Seaver returned, Dave Kingman was still blasting HRs & they brought up Darryl Strawberry & Ron Darling. They already were seeing promise from Mookie Wilson, Jesse Orosco & Hubie Brooks.

In July they brought Keith Hernandez over from St. Louis & that set the stage for the good years to come.

The previous year the Mets brought in slugger George Foster from the Big Red Machine. Foster had his issues & wasn't the super star he once was but he did make an impact on the Mets. In 1983 he contributed with five walk off hits.

Friday May 6th 1983: George Bamberger was
now the Mets skipper, his (7-15) Mets hosted Russ Nixon's Cincinnati Reds (13-14). The Reds were just a small engine compared to their Big Red Machine Days of yesteryear. Johnny Bench, Dave Concepcion & Dan Driessen were all that was left. Tonight Tom Seaver, now back with the Mets faced his old Reds team & Mario Soto.

Starting Lineups

Seaver & Soto battled into the 6th inning, when Gary Redus hit a solo HR for the Reds. In the 7th Seaver gave up two walks & two singles  which made it a 3-0 game.

Soto pitched his shut out until the 8th inning, when Mets pinch hitter Danny Heep hit a HR. Soto came on in the 9th for the complete game win but the Mets had other ideas. Wally Backman singled & Dave Kingman blasted his 5th HR of the year, tying up the game at three.

Seaver was in good form going 8 innings, with three runs & four hits with seven strike outs. Carlos Diaz pitched two runs allowing a run & Jesse Orosco held them down for three innings, striking out three. 

Red Reliever Bill Scherrer got the first two Mets out,  then walked rookie Darryl Strawberry. Straw then stole second & Mike Jorgensen walked as well. The stage was set for George Foster, he hit a three run HR, the game winning walk off for an exciting 7-4 win.

Monday July 25th 1983: The Mets were now 36-61 with a new manager in Big Frank Howard "the Capitol Punisher". They were facing a good Atlanta Braves team (61-38) now headed by non other than Joe Torre, two years after he left the Mets.

The Braves were the reigning NL West Champs & would finish second this year. Tonight Ed Lynch went for the Mets against Hall of Famer Phil Niekro.

Starting Lineups

Ed Lynch was a fine pitcher for the Mets in the early eighties, today he would scatter ten hits & allow four runs. A HR to former Met Mike Jorgensen & RBI hits to Dale Murphy & Biff Pocaroba put New York in a 4-1 hole going to the bottom of the 9th.

Junior Ortiz & Dave Kingman both singled in the inning. The Braves went from veteran Terry Foster to youngster Steve Bedrosion on the mound. Hubie Brooks drove a base hit to right scoring Ortiz. Keith Hernandez also singled bringing in Kingman making it 4-3. 

Geroge Foster would come through again with a double to left field scoring Brooks & Hernandez with the game winners. Another Foster walk off hit.

In the week of July 31st to August 3rd, Foster was involved in two walk off winning at bats where his infield grounders scored Mookie Wilson both times for wins against the Pittsburgh Pirates & Montreal Expos.

Monday September 5th 1983: The Mets (59-79) were no where near contention & even though nobody knew it, it would be the last time for almost a decade that that would be the case.

The Mets would win the East or come in second from 1984-1990. Tonight they hosted Pat Corrales Philadelphia Phillies (69-67). The Phillies were in a tie for second place 1/2 game behind both the Pirates & Expos.

The Phillies would win the Division & get to the World Series losing to the Baltimore Orioles. The Mets sent Mike Torrez up against Charles Hudson.

In the home 2nd, Strawberry singled & stole second, veteran Ron Hodges walked. Brian Giles & Mookie Wilson added RBI hits making it 3-0 Mets. Mets nemesis Mike Schmidt enjoyed another of his many HRs at Shea Stadium & Joe Morgan's RBI single made it 3-3.

Doug Sisk's three scoreless innings go the Mets to the 9th. Jesse Orosco allowed two walks, an RBI base hit to Ivan DeJesus & a sac fly to Gary Mathews giving the Phils a 5-3 lead. Reliever Al Holland (25 saves in 1983) came to close the door for the Phillies.

But it was Mookie Wilson who started things off with a single. After Hubie Brooks flew out, Kieth Hernandez also singled. Then came George Foster with his walk off HR. A three run game winner, his 23rd of the year.