Game 161 - Saturday Night, September 30th in Philadelphia
Record - 65-96, 5th place, 32 games behind the Nationals
One Sentence Summary: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run home run off Adam Morgan in the 11th, sending the Mets to a chilly 7-4 victory.
What It Means: The two teams, both apparently with lame duck managers, will limp to the finish line with Sunday's season finale.
What Happened: Rhys Hoskins tied the game at four in the seventh with an RBI single and came within inches of winning it with a walk-off home run in the 10th. The wind blowing in stalled what should have been a home run and left fielder Brandon Nimmo caught the ball right in front of the wall. Maikel Franco hit his second home run (23) in as many days. Cabrera continues to crush the Phillies, going 4 for 6 in this game with four RBIs. Morgan had been nearly unhittable in recent outings before Cabrera's game-winning home run.
Featured Card: It's been a disappointing season for Franco, and with the infield logjam (Franco, Freddy Galvis, J.P. Crawford, Cesar Hernandez, Scott Kingery) some decisions will need to be made about the once promising prospect's future.
Field Report: Barring a last minute decision to head to this afternoon's season finale matinee, this was my final game of the 2017 season. As has become our pattern, Doug and I arrived early and Doug stationed himself at the corner of the Phillies dugout.
He received autographs from coaches Rick Kranitz, Mickey Morandini and Juan Samuel, with Sammy signing both his mini bat and a 1985 Topps card. Samuel actually recognizes my son at this point and asked him if would be back for Sunday's game. Henderson Alvarez was surprisingly signing before his start and he added his signature to one of Doug's baseballs. Andres Blanco also stopped over and signed for Doug and a few dedicated fans.
After the game started, we made our way over to Bull's BBQ to get one last autograph (and picture) from Greg Luzinski. It was cold, but we made all the way to the end of the game, watching the final pitches of the 11th inning from behind the left field foul pole. There may have been less than a thousand fans remaining at that point and most of them seemed to be Mets fans.
I attended 18 games this season and finished with a personal record of 9-9. I'll be working hard over the offseason to improve upon that record in 2018.