There is an old adage that says that you play until the whistle. In baseball, there isn’t one of those to listen for. But the point was certainly not taken home on Sunday by the New York Mets’ Taijuan Walker. Having already given up three runs in the bottom of the first to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Walker decided to scoop up a ball he thought was foul and toss it toward the dugout. The problem, however, was that three men were on base and the umpire had deemed it to be a fair ball. It allowed all three men to scoot home, putting the Mets in a 6-0 hole. It caused chaos and men were ejected. That very chaos seemed to spur the team on from there, though.
They slowly chipped away, plating one run in the third and three in the fourth as Travis Blankenhorn hit a pinch-hit three-run homer to reduce the deficit. Dominic Smith doubled in the sixth to get them to within one, but they had to wait until the ninth to get on top, finally, as Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer to give them a 7-6 victory. It’s not how they would have drawn it up, not by a long shot, but it’s not a concern to them now. They won, and that’s what matters. The win made them 48-42, two games up on the Phillies in an NL East that no one seems to really want to win currently.