Did Willie Harris and Fukey just save the Braves season?

Thanks, Willie!

Willie Harris had some decent moments in Atlanta, including a 6-hit game that Jerome Jurenovich curiously named his greatest Braves memory. My favorite Willie moment just happened.

The Mets entered the 9th down by four runs. Willie works the count full before drawing a lead-off walk. Nick Evans reaches after hitting a grounder to short, booted by our old pal Fukey. What should’ve been a double play becomes one of two plays involving ex-Braves that preserved the local nine’s playoff hopes.

With the game tied at 6, Fernando Salas comes in and fans David Wright for the second out. Up comes Willie. Down to his last strike, Willie singles to right, scoring two. Mets take an 8-6 lead and the Cards go down feebly in the 9th.

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19 Comments on Did Willie Harris and Fukey just save the Braves season?

  1. Wooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwww!

  2. I listened to the whole 9th inning, couldn’t believe it. Makes our loss on Monday look like a scrimmage.

  3. Brad, was the Furcal error a sure DP?

  4. According to the NYM radio guys, yes.

  5. Thats amazing, from the moment i heard the cards taking a 2-0 lead in the first, I felt like malcontents post last night… Thank you Mets. On a side note, Im watching this Rays-Yanks game. I think if the Rays make it in, they will be that ‘unstoppable’ team no one wants to play.

  6. Unbelievable. There was no way the Braves were going to win it on their own. They have to have some help in the next 6 days.

  7. I don’t have time to research other teams, but I can’t imagine that there’s another team with a big league pitching staff as good and as young as the Braves. Now we need to find some offense. Here’s the numbers:

    Vizcaino – 20
    Teheran – 20
    Delgado – 21
    Minor – 23
    Kimbrel – 23
    Medlen – 25
    Beachy – 25
    Jerrjens – 25
    Hanson – 25
    Venters – 26
    O’Flaherty – 26

    I hope Hudson gets to stay until he’s damn good and ready to quit but Lowe has to go. No reason to lose with him on the mound with these guys waiting in the wings.

  8. Matt Moore’s got some filthy stuff.

  9. rankin' rob // September 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm //

    I hope Tony Larussa has a stroke.

  10. williemontanez // September 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm //

    This is the only day in my life I have ever loved the Mets!

  11. Just watched the video replay and that was an easy DP. Furcal would have had the lead runner by a mile but he rushed the transfer and dropped the ball.

  12. Douchy Cardinal troll // September 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm //

    Yeah… well the Cards still won a bunch of World Series back when black players were not allowed in the league!

  13. ^ You know, I almost wrote something like “Enos Slaughter was a racist asshole.” in response to that fool. Now, I wish I had.

    I knocked off watching this game when it was 6-2 and just went to watch Jeopardy. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw the newsflash on MLB Network a little after 7:30.

    I still love Raffy Furcal but honesty compels me to say that he’s been really awful in the field for the last couple of weeks.

    As for Willie, I also recall an exceptional catch he made at Shea to rob Moises Alou in ’07.

    We’ve still got to get it done on the field and we’re still not in optimum shape for an extended run (pending Hanson’s return) but this was a big one, both for us and against them.

  14. I suspect our Cardinals friend was a twelve year old.

  15. rankin' rob // September 23, 2011 at 8:56 am //

    Cheap racial shot on the Cardinals there. The fact of the matter is that in the early 60s the Cards led the way in developing top flight black players like Gibson, Flood, and Brock. I can’t stand them, but they did well and did good back in the day, Enos Slaughter notwithstanding.

    As for 2011, fuck them.

  16. tomahawkguy // September 23, 2011 at 9:34 am //

    Just watched the 9th inning, again. Motte threw nothing but fastballs…has he no other pitch? Insane that the closer can’t change speeds or planes!

  17. Sharon Egan // September 23, 2011 at 10:48 am //

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Chipper and McCann take a hiatus from being the team’s designated feeder to the media of hackneyed “we just have to start hitting with runners in scoring position” quotes until they’ve actually started doing it again. Because, the team eagerly awaiting Alex Gonzalez’s return to the batting order tonight speaks volumes.

  18. Kinda off topic, but here’s a quote from NPR’s review of the Moneyball movie:

    “It’s too bad that when it comes to the games, Bennett and his screenwriters don’t dramatize how wins are built from unflashy players working in synch. I know that sounds academic, but so much time is spent with the characters poring over spreadsheets and talking about on-base percentages that it would be nice to see more than montages of the A’s winning and winning again, as if Beane and Brand had written a baseball computer program that’s now running to its inevitable conclusion.”

    Does that sound like a familiar refrain about statheads to you guys?

    Here’s the link: http://www.npr.org/2011/09/23/140531204/moneyball-a-bad-news-bears-for-mbas

  19. Hiring Johnny Keane and, just as importantly, firing Solly Hemus, was the start of the Cards’ march forward. The fact that Flood, Gibson and Bill White wouldn’t stand for any of Hemus’ shit carried a lot of weight. They were an exemplar of what the game could be and the impact it could make, socially, from ’61 or so onward, but…their history before was (Musial aside) about as bad as the Phillies’.

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