Remembering Mets History (2011): Justin Turners Walk Off Double
Friday September 9th 2011: On this Friday night at Citi Field, 27,639 fans came to see Terry Collins Mets (71-73) take on Mike Quade's Chicago Cubs (62-82).
This win would come in the midst's of a Mets seven of eight game losing streak, so it was much needed break. Mike Pelfrey would start for the Mets & Casey Coleman for the Cubs. The Mets would use five pitchers on the night & the Cubs four.
In the 3rd, Carlos Pena hit a two run HR for Chicago making it 2-0.In the top of the 4th Marlon Byrd singled & Bryan LaHair tripled him in, 3-0 Cubs.
In the home 4th Justin Turner & Lucas Duda both singled & Turner would hustle & score on David Wright's ground out. Jason Bat would double bringing in Wright & Nick Evans grounder brought in Angel Pagan who had singled. It was now 3-3.
In the 5th Joe Reyes had a ground rule double, then Turner followed with a double of his own, his second hit of the day giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.
The Mets held the lead to the 9th, then Manny Acosta gave up a sinle & walk. With two outs, Darwin Barney singled the tying run in, on a liner to center field.
The bottom of the 9th was exciting as the Mets got to reliever Sean Marshall. Nick Evans led off with a base hit & Jason Pridie was brought in to run for him. Josh Tole moved him over with a bunt. Then with two outs Jose Reyes, the 2011 NL Batting champion, was intentionally walked, bringing up Justin Turner.
The redheaded favorite utility player of Terry Collins, came through just missing a HR but was credited with a ground rule double as Pridie came home to score the walk off run. The man famous for tossing cream pies in faces of stars of games got his own tonight.
Earlier in June, Turner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 13th inning, which brought home the Mets winning walk off run against the Oakland Athletics.
Turner batted .260 that season, improving to .269 in 2012 & .280 in 2013 before the Mets lost him to the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he became a star player.