Originally written on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 11/15/14

A lot of times, a game comes down to one or two at-bats. First at-bat came all the way back in the second inning. Johnny Cueto had just walked Chris Young (whose strike zone you can see from Tiangong 1) to drive in the first run of the game, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis was up with the bases loaded ready to give the Mets a cushion. Cyborg did a good job battling back from a 1-2 count to 3-2, fouled a few balls off, and was seemingly wearing Cueto down. Cueto struck out Cyborg on an outer half fastball ... it was a weak and protective wave by Kirk and he knew it. So it was 1-0 instead of 3-0 or more.

Then in the eighth, after the Reds had scored three runs in the fifth on two base hits and a Lucas Duda throwing error, Terry Collins had outwitted Dusty Baker to get lefty-killer Scott Hairston up against lefty Sean Marshall. Terry couldn't have set it up any better if he tried. But Hairston reminded us that he's still Scott Hairston ... fouled the best pitch he saw to the backstop, and then subsequently grounded Marshall's best pitch weakly to third for the force play and that ... was mercifully that, as the Mets followed their sweep of the Rays by getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds. (Let's realign so that Tampa Bay comes to the N.L. East and the Reds go to outer space, or something.)

Except for the appearance, moments after the Hairston dagger, where the Rally Squirrel's evil twin held up play to make an appearance. Ladies and gentlemen: Slump Squirrel!


The Cardinals have a squirrel that inspires them. The Mets get a squirrel to kick them when they're down and when they can't hit to save their lives. Maybe the Mets can reprint tickets to Sunday's game with an image of the squirrel on them for $50 each. Notice he went to the Reds dugout to celebrate.

And he brought his sidekicks: The Pigeon Sisters!


At least the Queens Zoo is on the field and not in the clubhouse. Small victories, right?


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