Remembering Mets History (2016) Curtis Granderson's Walk Off HR

Friday, May 27th, 2016: A large crowd of 43,462 showed up at Citi Field to see the reigning NL Champion Mets (28-19) host Dave Roberts' Los Angeles Dodgers (25-24) in a rematch of the previous year's NLCS. 

The Mets had rebounded from a losing streak where they lost six of seven games on the road from May 12th to May 19th to winning five of six on the latest homestand.

On the mound Mets ace Jacob deGrom (3-1) was going for his fourth win, facing off against the Dodgers rookie Julio Urias, making his MLB debut. Urias would go 5-2 on the year. He would win twenty games in 2021 going 20-3 with an incredible .870 winning%.

In the bottom of the 1st, the Mets attacked starter Julio Urias as Asdrubal Cabrera doubled & advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Then with two outs Yoenis Cespedes walked. 

Neil Walker then doubled scoring Cabrera. Juan Lagares singled driving in Cespedes & Walker making it 3-0 Mets.

In the 3rd inning, Public Enemy #1 & the most hated man in Citi Field, Chase Utley, who had slid into Ruben Tejada in the previous year's NLDS, changing the MLB rule of sliding into second baseman, drove in a run with a sac fly. 

In the 4th David Wright hit a solo HR making it 4-1 Mets. Juan Lagares added a solo HR in the 5th making it 5-1 Mets.

deGrom pitched seven innings, allowing a run on just three hits, three walks & seven strike outs. Jerry Blevins & Addison Reed pitched a scoreless 8th.

With a four-run lead in the 9th inning, Jeurys Familia had a nightmare of an inning. Back-to-back singles from Adrian Gonzales & Howie Kendrick started it off. Yasiel Puig the hit a weak single to load the bases. 

Familia then walked Yasmani Grandal bringing in a run. Utley then hit a two out double to tie the game, sucking the wind (for now) out of the Citi Field faithful.

In the bottom of the 9th, Curtis Granderson led off the inning, he blasted the walk off HR off reliever Pedro Baez giving the Mets a 6-5 win. It was his 9th HR of the season, giving the Mets a 6-5 win. The win gave the Mets a six of seven-game win streak.


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