The Mets were just 1/2 game out of the second wild card spot, riding a six game win streak, winners of 13 of their last 14.
The Mets had been beating up on the weaker teams of the NL during their win streak & all the talk had been, "Can they now compete with the better teams"?
The Nationals entered the game as the NL wild card leaders.
A marquee pitching matchup, had Marcus Stroman making his Citi Field debut, in front of his mom, family members & friends from his hometown Long Island, going up against the Nats, Steven Strasburg.
In the top of the 4th, The Nats, Anthony Rendon tripled as Mets outfielders Michael Conforto & Jeff McNeil collided on a fly ball in the gap. Juan Soto then hit his 22nd HR of the year to make it 2-0 Nats.
But the young Mets, responded, as broadcaster Keith Hernandez stated, it's going to be interesting how the youngsters will respond in the biggest game of their careers up to this point.
Well, Pete Alonso responded with is 38th HR of the year, J.D. Davis followed with his 13th HR of the year tying up the big game, as the Citi Field crowd went crazy.
In the 7th, after Stroman gave up a led off walk to Trea Turner, he was pulled for reliever, Justin Wilson.
Wilson soon gave up a two run HR to Mets nemesis Anthony Rendon, putting the Nats ahead 5-3 heading to the 8th inning.
In the top of the 9th, the Nats added another run when Tre Turner scored from third base on a wild pitch from reliever, Luis Avilian.
It seemed the Mets may have been done for the night, but not these Mets of summer '19.
In an absolutely insane 9th inning of a wild game, the Mets came back, beating up on a pitcher they have have had great success with, Nats closer, Sean Doolittle.
J.D. Davis doubled, Wilson Ramos singled & then Todd Frazier brought the crowd & Mets fans all over watching on TV into a frenzy as he blasted a three run HR, tying up the game at six.
Joe Panik, a New York guy originally from Duchess County, had just been signed by the Mets when the San Francisco Giants released him two days earlier.
Panik was playing in his first Mets game & singled to center field, to a warm New York welcome.
Next up, Pinch hitter Juan Lagares attempted a sacrifice bunt, but Panik was nailed out at third. Next Jeff McNeil flew out, then Amed Rosario got his third hit of the game with a base hit to left field.
Michael Conforto, stepped in against Dr. Doolittle & lined a shot to right field over Adam Eaton's head, Lagares scored & the Mets won it 7-6.
Conforto had his first career walk off hit (his 65th RBI of the year) & his team mates responded by mobbing him & ripping the shirt off his back. It was an exciting, important, message sending win for the Mets.
The Amazing's extend their win streak to seven games in a row, winners of 14 of their last 15.