October 3, 2010: Mets Lose Season Finale in 14 Innings
|Date: October 3, 2010|
|Mets starter: Mike Pelfrey|
|Winning pitcher: Joel Peralta|
|Key player(s): Oliver Perez|
|Key play: Justin Maxwell's bases-loaded walk|
After winning the first two games versus the Washington Nationals in the final series of 2010, the Mets were hoping to close another disappointing season with a sweep as they did the year before. However, Oliver Perez, who was demoted to the bullpen in May and struggled for most of the season, allowed the go-ahead run to score without a hit as the Mets fell 2-1 in 14 innings.
Former Met Livan Hernandez got the start for the Nationals while Mike Pelfrey took the mound for the Mets. The game was scoreless until the fifth when Pelfrey walked leadoff batter Roger Bernadina, who moved to second on Ivan Rodriguez's ground out and then to third on Willie Harris's infield single before scoring on Alberto Gonzalez's single. Livan Hernandez then grounded into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the inning, Angel Pagan reached on an infield single before going to third on Lucas Duda's single. Josh Thole then hit into a double play that scored Pagan, tying the game 1-1. Ruben Tejada then doubled to center, but Mike Pelfrey lined out to end the inning.
The game went into extra innings and Pelfrey and four Met relievers kept the Nationals scoreless from the 6th to the 13th while Hernandez and four National relievers did the same to the Mets in that stretch. In the top of the 14th, Oliver Perez struck out Ian Desmond, but then hit Adam Kennedy with a pitch before walking Roger Bernadina, Wil Nieves, and Justin Maxwell to put the Nationals up 2-1 and load the bases. The Citi Field crowd booed as Mets manager Jerry Manuel took Perez off the mound and relieved him with Pat Misch, who got Alberto Gonzalez to ground into an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the 14th, Miguel Batista earned the save by keeping the Mets scoreless, issuing only a walk to Josh Thole. The Mets finished 2010 at 79-83.