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Tag Him Again, Brewers

The eleventh inning was rolling around
The opposing offenses were making no sound
Boyer the Brewer was manning the mound

Blaine looked to the plate
As the hour grew late
Asdrubal Cabrera was the hitter he found

Cabrera commenced
To single to right
To all, perhaps
An Asdrubal good night?

Flores was the Met
Seen teeing off next
A double to left
Thus entered the text

Cabrera wasn’t swift enough
To bring the run home
These Mets, they don’t scurry;
They’re more prone to roam

Kelly Johnson, class of 2015
Reappeared as a Met, shipped north for ’16
Every year he alights in our midst an ex-Brave
Would his second debut be a game he could save?

Four balls went to Kelly
To load every base
On deck was a batter
They’d much rather face

Milwaukee preferred Plawecki
As most any sharp ballclub would
Plawecki fouled out in an instant
The kid’s not yet very good

Now stepped in Matt Reynolds —
On the depth chart he ranks twenty-five
Yet it was left to disposable Matthew
To attempt to keep Met hope alive

What occurred to conclude
This long Harvey Day
Is better expressed
If we crib Danny Kaye:

***

Reynolds lined to Villar
Villar clanked the liner

The liner dropped
Then Wilmer stopped

Which seemed to startle
Scooter

Scooter threw to Carter
Carter tagged out Johnson

But Johnson was
Already out

Once Villar tossed to
Scooter

YAY KELLY!

Reynolds
He was safe at first

Brew Crew brain cramps
Proved the worst

Asdrubal hustled
Home from third

Broke the tie
Oh my word

Replay challenge
Should confirm

What at last
Hath turned the worm

Milwaukee aimed
Milwaukee missed

To what can we
Attribute this?

The Villar-Scooter-Carter
There-Went-Wilmer twist!

YAY WILMER!

16 comments to Tag Him Again, Brewers

  • Greg Mitchell

    Great job, Greg (and Danny). Lost in the fun was twin Plawecki failures with bases jammed. Can’t get around on fastball? Problem is: most 2nd or 3rd string catchers have some pop (see: Rivera),but he appears to be what we used to call a “banjo hitter,” you know, Dal Maxvill, Mark Belanger. One HR and 5 doubles in 130 total ABs… Needs to hit the weight room, or something.

    Also, how much more evidence does Terry need that Henderson can not throw more than 25 pitches in any game? He should almost be a “righty specialist.” Caught a break when he got that finger problem and had to exit.

  • David Block

    What was truly bizarre is that, had Scooter tagged Flores before stepping on the base, he has a double play, even though Wilmer was standing on the bag. But once Scooter stepped on the bag, Wilmer was safe, standing on second.

    So why did Wilmer start to run to third? That was the *other*, first, bonehead play, because if Flores was tagged out before Cabrera scored, the run would not count.

    Fortunately, Scooter opted to go after the guy who was already out, otherwise it’s Flores with the bonehead blunder.

    • Matt in Woodside

      Tough to blame Flores, though. That whole weird play was like seven seconds of chaos (and exhibit A for why the infield fly rule is a thing). I think Flores and Johnson both initially thought the ball had been caught, so Flores jumped back to second and Johnson fled back to first. Who knows? Maybe in those first couple of seconds Teufel had been trying to get Flores’ attention to run because Johnson didn’t have an open base? Blaine Boyer was also yelling at everyone trying to direct traffic. There was that legit but confusing safe call for Flores by the second base umpire after Villar stepped on the bag. What a crazy way to score one run after loading the bases twice with no outs.

  • While it was a poor day for RISP, it was a fantastic day for doggerel!

  • mikeL

    one of the weirder somthings i’d never seen before!

    must hand it to terry for putting reynold’s at third for his defense. that was quite the tag!

    don’t want him to beat us but it was nice to see niewenheis settling in well with his new team…always liked the guy and wish him a good career.

  • Mikey

    How about boyer with his hand in the air trying to figure out how many outs there were? Really the whole play was blooper reel material and just glad we got a run

  • Bob

    Greg:
    Love what you did with the piece of Dodger/Giant history with last nights Mets/Brewers exhibition.
    Just Amazin’
    Thanks!
    Met fan since Polo Grounds-1963

  • eric1973

    Baseball’s a game of timing and pre-ordained thoughts on where you should be and what you should do if various things happen. When the fielder unexpectedly changed the timing, both teams got all screwed up.

    Kinda reminds me of the WS when Bill Russell intentionally dropped the liner to try to get a DP. He stepped on 2B and threw to 1B, where Reggie, already out, stood in the baseline and stuck out his hip, getting hit by the throw, as chaos resulted.

    Even though already out, Reggie still took off for 2B. Munson played the Flores role in that production, and took off for third, as Russell could have tagged him out to complete the DP, rather than throwing to first. So both teams got screwed up there as well.

  • Matt in Richmond

    Leaving all those runners on was of course super annoying, but of far more importance is the fact that we’ve won 3 straight and Harvey is starting to look a lot like Harvey. Anyone still think he has some mysterious physical issue related to supposed overuse last year? I didn’t think so. Despite the lack of runs, I actually like how most of these guys are swinging right now, and by simple ascension to the mean we won’t continue to bat under .200 with RISP. d’Arnaud is starting to catch and could be back in 10 days. Lots to be optimistic about!

  • Daniel Hall

    That the normally unfazed Gary Cohen stated “There’s been a lot of failure out there” in the 11th inning should tell you all you need to know about this stinker of a game.

    I found Keith Hernandez to be completely out of character however. Way not enough moaning and groaning. Keith, you can do better!

  • eric1973

    Keith will never let anyone down when complaining about the replay system, and he is so right.

    Mets lost today. Guess TC pressed all the ‘wrong buttons?’

    Only a simpleton bases a manager’s talent on purely wins and losses.

  • Matt in Richmond

    Who is basing a mangers talent on wins and losses? It is you eric who has repeatedly leapt to any opportunity to blame TC for real and imagined (mostly the latter) missteps. I actually think that the manager’s affect on a teams success is mostly overrated. Players and circumstances decide games the vast majority of the time.

    I’ll tell you what some attributes of a real simpleton are.. A real simpleton thinks he knows way more than he actually does. A simpleton thinks that things are black and white when they are usually gray. A simpleton makes severe judgements about people and situations that he has only a passing knowledge of.

  • Mikey

    Guys we are passionate fans and we are all different in how we root for the team. I have a very quick “sky is falling” reflex and i probably judge terry unfairly much of the time. But hes no matt williams. And i still love the team. And i still want them to win as badly as anyone.

  • […] The Mets had to see how bad they were as they tried to get by with Reynolds, Ty Kelly and Eric Campbell. They processed they were pretty grim, thus set out to salvage Johnson once more, leaving Akeel Morris as a non-refundable deposit. It didn’t matter that Johnson wasn’t batting more than Granderson for the last-place Braves. All that mattered was that when you viewed .215 Johnson in the context of unproven Reynolds and Kelly and a-little-too-proven Campbell, he wasn’t them. And, in limited action to date, he’s batted .444 for the Mets. He’s also awoken inside a defensive nightmare and ran the bases ludicrously on Friday night (though that sort of thing was going around). […]

  • rich porricelli

    danny kaye song priceless..