Kirk plays hero after Mets nearly throw one away

By on June 16, 2013

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis is mobbed at home plate after his walk-off home run.

METS 4, CUBS 3

From Little League to Big League.

The Mets put themselves in a position to lose their series finale to the Cubs on Sunday when they made three bad throws on a single play — two that went for errors that allowed two runs to score. Then Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a walk-off three run homer to cap a four-run rally in a 4-3 win at Citi Field.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits the game-winning homer against Carlos Marmol.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits the game-winning homer against Carlos Marmol.

The Mets left a pair of runners in scoring position in the sixth, but finally got on the board in the ninth against reliever Carlos Marmol, who was subbing in for closer Kevin Gregg because he’d pitched in four straight games.

Marlon Byrd led off the ninth with his 11th home run, sending a 1-1 pitch into the seats in left field. Lucas Duda followed with a walk, John Buck singled and an Omar Quintanilla bunt put runners on second and third with one out for Nieuwenhuis, who took Marmol downtown to right field to end it.

David Wright watches as his fifth-inning throw sails over the head of Daniel Murphy.

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David Wright watches as his fifth-inning throw sails over the head of Daniel Murphy.

The comedy-of-errors play actually began with a brilliant stab by third baseman David Wright, who dove to his left to glove Alfonso Soriano’s two-out hard bouncer with Starlin Castro on second and Nate Schieroltz on first. Wright came up throwing and that’s when it turned into a circus.

His throw to first was way over the glove of first baseman Daniel Murphy, sailing to the wall on the outfield side of the dugout. Murphy got a good bounce off the wall and wheeled to throw home, trying to cut Castro down at the plate. But his throw was far to the right of Buck and rolled toward the visiting dugout as Schieroltz rounded third and headed for home.

Starlin Castro slides home, the first of two Cubs to score in the fifth on a series of wild throwing errors.

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Starlin Castro slides home, the first of two Cubs to score in the fifth on a series of wild throwing errors.

Pitcher Jeremy Hefner was completely out of position — still standing in front of the mound — as the scene unfolded. Quintanilla raced into foul territory to get the ball for another throw home. It would never have beaten the play, but it went wide of Buck to the infield side of the plate behind the sliding Schieroltz.


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