Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 6/23/12

Last night the New York Mets extended their winning streak to four games with a 6-4 victory over the Yankees and quite frankly, it was awesome.  I know it’s just one game, but the way it unfurled from start to finish had to leave Mets fans with a great feeling heading into the weekend.  As I recapped the events that led to the win and the Mets ultimately picking up a game on the division leading Washington Nationals, I came up with a list of 5 awesome things about the game.  It should be noted that Jonathon Niese, while very effective last night (6 1/3 IP, 2 ER, 5K), is not on the list.  He deserves a ton of credit for the ‘W’ and showed a lot by working out of some difficult jams throughout the game, but this is more about specific moments than anything else.  So, with that said, here we go:

1) The Mets were able to do what no other team in baseball has done this season; get to Andy Pettitte early.  Talk about setting the tone, the team jumped out and hung five runs on the Yankees starter before he could get out of the first frame and in typical Mets fashion, they did it all with two outs.

2) Ike Davis, who entered the game hitless in his last seven at-bats, proved that his recent slump wasn’t a recurrence of the one that consumed the first couple of months of his season.  The 25-year-old blasted a 3-run home run off Pettitte that turned out to be the game winner and now has 8 RBI over the team’s last 4 games.

3)  Nick Swisher didn’t get to do any jumping around like a ******* in the dugout, instead, he did it in right field.  Ike’s homer to right actually went off the glove of Swisher and unlike last series against the Mets, where it seemed like the Yankees right fielder was living it up in dugout after every run his team scored, this time around he was the root of the opposition’s celebration.  Funny how things seem to work themselves out, isn’t it?

4) Frank Francisco called the Yankees ‘chickens’ before the series opener and when they had a chance to do something about it in the 9th inning of a 2-run game, they didn’t.  Oh the mighty Yankees would have loved to make Francisco eat his words, but the Mets closer was able to escape the final frame unscathed and earn his 18th save of the season.  Sure, things got sticky when the Bombers put the tying run on first base with one out, but Franky kept attacking the Yankees hitters and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t give a little fist pump when he got Granderson looking at a called strike three for the second out of the inning.

5) Omar Quintanilla caught that damn pop up!  With two outs in the 9th and the rain trickling down a pop up into shallow left center and the tying runs on board, I got a huge flashback to Luis Castillo‘s drop against the Yanks a little over three years ago.  This time around, the Mets shortstop was able to squeeze the Teixeira pop up for the final out (albeit still without using two hands, much to my dismay) and just like that, game one was in the books and the Amazins have set the stage for a series win.


Mets win but as that pop fly went up a I could think about was Castillo. Lol LGM! #mets about 12 hours ago via txtReplyRetweetFavorite @ontheblack On The Black

There’s not much else to say, except that I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings and am REALLY looking forward to watching R.A. Dickey and C.C. Sabathia do battle Sunday night.  It’s an exciting time for the Mets and their fans and games like this are just fun to watch, especially when the good guys come out on top!

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