Brandon Nimmo did something on Thursday night that he almost never does.
Known for always sprinting full speed out of the box – even on walks – Nimmo slammed a ball deep into the Philadelphia night in the ninth inning of a tied game, giving the Mets an improbable lead.
And Nimmo, even if just for a moment, stood and watched.
“It was just a little bit different,” Nimmo said with a laugh. “You visualize it in your head, and when it comes to fruition in a big moment like that, yeah I did take a second there. Not normal me, but this was a different moment and I just saw it going and I was like ‘Oh my gosh. That just happened,’ And then I came too again I was like ‘I better get around the bases.’”
“It was a pretty special moment.”
But Nimmo had every right to admire his towering shot off of Brandon Workman, which gave the Mets a 7-6 lead in a game that they trailed 6-3 early and seemed to be out of after Seth Lugo’s rocky start. Just like on Wednesday, though, the Mets scratched and clawed their way back, led by Nimmo’s three-hit, three-RBI night. Aside from his go-ahead homer, Nimmo also tied the game in the sixth, tripling to right-center to bring the game even at 6-6.
“Just never die,” Nimmo said of the team’s attitude. “I was talking to the guys after [the Phillies] came back and took the lead and just said ‘Well, we can only control what we can control, and that’s keep fighting for the rest of this game, so that’s what we’ll do’ and the guys went out there and did it. Just really proud of this team. Had a lot of times here we could have given up … everyone kept fighting and was just trying to keep extending the games and encourage each other.
“It’s been very, very positive and I’m very, very proud to be part of this team.”
The Mets shot out to a 3-0 lead off of Phillies ace Aaron Nola, but the Phillies jumped all over Lugo in the bottom of the first, as Bryce Harper, Alec Bohm, and Didi Gregorius hit back-to-back-to-back homers and Adam Haseley singled in another run to give the Phillies the lead. Harper homered again in the second inning and Jean Segura drove in another run, and Lugo’s night was over after just 1.2 innings, allowing six earned runs.
But even with Nola on the mound and Lugo out of the game, the Mets hung tough. Thanks to clutch hits and a stellar effort from the bullpen (Erasmo Ramirez, Chasen Shreve, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson and Edwin Diaz combined for seven shutout innings), the Mets stayed in the game and eventually used a four-run ninth inning to come away with the 10-6 win.
“They’re always fighting, they’re always cheering for each other, they’re always in the game,” Luis Rojas said of his team. “They came in and put a three-spot against Aaron Nola, and we lose the lead and they just kept pushing. Aaron finally found his groove, started finding his command and getting the swings and misses that he can get, similar to that outing that he had against us here, and the guys didn’t give in. They kept going.
“Once they sequenced those quality at-bats, that’s when they started building up again and started scoring some runs.”
With two comeback wins in a row, the Mets now stand at 23-27, a game and a half behind the Reds and Phillies for the final Wild Card spot in the National League.