The Mets used 19 players in Monday’s 8-7 win in extra innings over the Giants. The 18th player used was Mike Baxter, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the top of the 10th and delivered a key single. Thanks to some strong baserunning by Jason Bay, the hit established runners on the corners with one out. Rob Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice to score the insurance run that proved to be the difference in the game.
It was Baxter’s first game back after injuring himself running into the wall to preserve Johan Santana’s no-hitter nearly two months previously. And he picked up right where he left off. For the season, Baxter is 9-19 as a pinch-hitter, which is tied with Justin Turner for the third-most pinch-hits this season in MLB.
Another reason this game felt the same as it ever was is that the Mets went on to a victory. The club is 25-16 when Baxter plays, including 17-12 when he enters as a pinch-hitter. Overall, he’s got a .333/.400/.530 line in 75 PA this year.