Remebering Mets History (2012): Daniel Murphy's Walk Off Single Beats Nats As Mets Start Out 5-0

Monday April 9th, 2012: Terry Collins New York Mets got off to a good start in 2012 going 4-0 through the first four games.

Today they hosted the Washington Nationals who were led by a familiar face. Former 1986 Mets World Champion Manager Davey Johnson was now at the helm for the Nat's. Johnson who was 69 years old at the time, was managing his fifth team. After an eleven-year break Johnson would manage the Nationals from 2011-2013.

 Nationals (2-2).

A crowd of 23,970 came out on a April chilly night at Citi Field as the Mets Mike Pelfrey took on the Nat's Edwin Jackson.

In the top of the 1st, Mike Pelfrey surrendered three straight singles giving the Nats a 1-0 lead. 

In the top of the 3rd, Ian Desmond singled Ryan Zimmerman then doubled making it 2-0. Adam LaRoche also singled giving the Nationals a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 3rd Pelfrey helped his own cause with a leadoff double. David Wright brought him in with a base hit for the Mets first run. 

In the Mets 4th inning, Josh Thole drew a two out walk. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then hit a two run HR off Edwin Jackson to tie up the game at three.

Mets reliever Miguel Batista came on to relieve Pelfrey in the 6th with two on & two outs. He struck out Ian Desmond to end the inning.

Pitchers, Ramon Ramirez & Jon Rauch got the Mets to the 9th inning. Nat's pitcher Tom Gorzelanny pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless relief getting them to the 9th inning as well.

Nationals Henry Rodriguez came on for the save but got into trouble right away.

Mets pinch hitter, Mike Baxter drew a leadoff walk. Then, Ruben Tejada laid down a bunt, the pitcher retrieved the ball then threw wildly to first base. The ball got by Danny Espinosa covering first. 

Baxter was initially waved home by Mets third base coach Tim Teufel but then was stopped. Baxter slipped on the turf & managed to get back to third safely. 

Next was Daniel Murphy, who was 1-4 with a 2nd inning single, came through with a single to right field scoring Mike Baxter with the winning run. Murphy's walk off hit gave the Mets a 4-3 win as the team started out the season at 5-0.


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