October 1, 2010: Thole's Homer in 10th Beats Nats

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Date: October 1, 2010
Mets starter: Pat Misch
Mets: 2
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Hisanori Takahashi
Key player(s): Ike Davis, Josh Thole, Pat Misch, Hisanori Takahashi
Key play: Davis’s and Thole’s home runs

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a season-closing three-game series. Josh Thole hit a home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Mets a 2-1 win over Washington.

Pat Misch and the Nats’ Jordan Zimmerman each pitched three innings of two-hit scoreless ball to start the game. Misch hurled a perfect top of the fourth and Ike Davis homered with one out in the bottom half for a 1-0 Mets lead. Zimmerman retired Lucas Duda on a pop-up to shortstop Ian Desmond and got Mike Hessman on a ground ball to third baseman Alberto Gonzalez for the inning’s third out. Both Misch and Zimmerman set down the side in order in the fifth and Pat surrendered only a walk to Danny Espinosa in the top of the sixth. Zimmerman then retired the Mets 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

With one out in the top of the seventh inning, Mike Morse hit a home run to tie the game. Misch retired Ivan Rodriguez on a fly ball to center fielder Angel Pagan and got Justin Maxwell for his tenth strikeout to finish off the inning. Davis drew a leadoff walk against Nationals’ reliever Doug Slaten in the bottom half. Duda popped out to Gonzalez and (with Washington’s Joel Peralta on the mound) an error by left fielder Maxwell allowed Hessman to reach base. Peralta fanned Thole and retired Ruben Tejada on an inning-ending pop-up to second baseman Espinosa. Misch set down all three Nats batters in the top of the eighth. For Washington, reliever Sean Burnett pitched a perfect bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Hisanori Takahashi recorded two strikeouts in hurling a scoreless top of the ninth inning. Burnett retired the side in order in the bottom half and Takahashi fanned two more hitters in a perfect top of the 10th. Nationals’ reliever Tyler Clippard struck out Hessman to begin the bottom of the inning. Thole then came to bat and slugged a homer to end the game. The Mets had an extra-inning victory.