The Mets may be comfortable at Citi Field — their Major League–best 23 home wins serving as proof — but we’re confident that the ball that Ike Davis crushed in the eleventh inning last night would have left any ballpark in any league on any night. Said Davis, nicely summing up both his walk-off home run — the first he’d ever hit — and, really, the 2–1 win itself: “Oh, God, it was awesome.”
Mike Pelfrey, as usual, pitched brilliantly, striking out six and walking none in nine innings of work. But though the lone San Diego run came early — when the third batter of the game, Adrian Gonzalez, doubled in the second batter, Chase Headley — it would hold up until the seventh inning, when, thanks to instant replay, Jose Reyes’s two-out home run tied the score. But that, coupled with two innings of no-run, one-hit ball by the bullpen in extra innings, was enough to extend the game until Davis could win it with one big swing.
The eyes of the baseball world may have been focused on another National League East club last night — fourteen strikeouts! In his debut! — but the Mets have a pretty good pitcher of their own in Pelfrey. And their rookie, Davis, isn’t so bad himself.