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J.D. Davis smashes walk-off single in 10th to complete dramatic comeback against Cleveland

2019-08-22

After a challenging offensive night for the Mets — and an injury to one of their key starting pitchers — J.D. Davis hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to propel the Amazin’s to a come-from-behind, 4-3, win over the Indians in 10 innings on Wednesday night at Citi Field.

Marcus Stroman exited after four innings after the right-hander felt tightness in his left hamstring.

The Mets have seemingly dodged a bullet with Stroman, as skipper Mickey Callaway said after the game that the team believes Stroman’s hamstring will be fine going forward.

“Stroman got checked out. Got an MRI. And we’re not concerned at this point,” Callaway said. “We’re gonna check on him in the morning, but we’re not concerned. It’s just tightness.”

The Mets got the hits when they needed and received key contributions from Juan Lagares, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI and a walk, and Joe Panik, who went 2 for 4.

With the game tied 2-2 going into the 10th inning, Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana hit a solo shot off reliever Luis Avilan to break the deadlock. All hope seemed to be lost for the Mets, but with one out in the bottom of the 10th, Amed Rosario doubled to center and Joe Panik laid down a sac bunt to get Rosario to third.

The Indians decided to intentionally walk Pete Alonso, but a defensive mishap on a Michael Conforto grounder allowed Rosario to score and level the game at 3-3. Reliever Brad Hand failed to cover first on Conforto’s grounder, which cost the Indians the shot at a game-ending double play.

After Wilson Ramos reached base on an infield single and pushed Conforto to second, Davis stepped up to secure the Mets second victory of the AL Wild-Card leaders in as many nights. He fouled off several pitches before lining a 3-2 offering into the left-field corner for the win. He was mobbed in shallow right field by teammates, who ripped his jersey off.

J.D. Davis celebrates with Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario after knocking a walk-off single to left field. (Elsa/Getty Images)

“We got in their bullpen, and we were just grinding them out,” Davis said of the Mets’ comeback win. “We got Hand up there, one of the best closers … we just passed the baton. We had that New York swagger, that New York attitude. We didnt quit … we didnt quit!”

When asked about Davis contributions, Callaway attributed it all to his preparation.

“He’s prepared. That’s the bottom line. I think any other hitter that probably wasn’t as prepared would be thinking ‘this guy’s gonna throw a fastball at one point,’” Callaway said on Davis’ 10-pitch battle with Hand. “I’m sure J.D. did his homework and was like ‘you know what, this guy’s gonna live and die by his slider because it’s his best pitch, so once he gets one out over the plate and doesn’t get one in, I’m gonna hammer it.’ And he did.

“It’s about preparation for him. That breeds his confidence and what allows him to go up to any pitcher and stand in there and feel like he’s gonna get the job done.”

Stroman exited before the top of the fifth inning with the Mets down 1-0. The Long Island-native was hardly dominant in his four innings, but the Mets defense backed him up with a number of plays in the infield and outfield, including a couple of clutch outfield grabs from Juan Lagares, which helped kill Cleveland’s offensive momentum.

Stroman allowed one earned run on five hits, walked one and struck out one. Coming into Wednesday, Stroman had a 5.17 ERA in three starts for the Mets.

Following Stroman’s exit, the Mets rallied in the bottom of the fifth, taking a 2-1 lead on a pair of RBI-doubles from Lagares and Luis Guillorme.

Over the next few innings, the Mets had chances to put Cleveland on the back foot, but couldn’t quite convert. The Mets had two on in the bottom of the fourth, but Wilson Ramos grounded out to end the inning. The Mets again had two on with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Rajai Davis and Amed Rosario couldn’t come up with the hit needed to drive in Todd Frazier and Juan Lagares, who both worked hard to draw walks.

But in the end, the Mets found the right stuff when they needed to, and will now look to build on this momentum over their next seven home games.