It ain’t over until it’s over. Or so the saying goes. Even still, when you enter the ninth inning of a game at the professional level down by as many as seven runs, you can’t really expect a fightback. But that’s what the New York Mets were somehow able to do on Thursday as they stunned the Philadelphia Phillies to win 8-7 in one of the most remarkable results you’ll see all season. In 330 previous attempts, the Mets had never won when trailing by six or more heading into the ninth, but that run was brought to an end here.
Bryce Harper had homered and doubled in runs to help the Phils go up 7-0 at one stage, and they led 7-1 after six frames. No more scoring would take place, however, until the Mets’ magical ninth as Francisco Lindor homered in himself and two more to start the rally before Starling Marte, who had homered in their lone run in the sixth, finished it off with a double to deep center that eventually won the contest. What a win to win, huh? Speaking of ways to win, Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels did just that as well on Thursday, and they did it in the fashion that they seem only can do. The two-way star encountered the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for the first time on the mound, and he did not disappoint by striking out 11 in seven innings of no-run ball. He was made eligible for the win, one in which he did single and score as well, when Jared Walsh hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh, marking this performance as one of the best since Babe Ruth did it in the very same stadium nearly a century ago.