Mets beat Dodgers with Brandon Nimo catch

Brandon Nimo has a baseball on the shelf of his spare locker at Citi Field with a series of markings by Mets first base coach Wayne Kirby. Kirby noted the stats on the great plays Nemo made this summer, writing “Best Catch 2022.”

Kirby may need to reconsider. Best is a relative term, after all.Forget probability and exit speed – catch Made by Nimmo It was part of baseball perfection that he stole a home run off Justin Turner to save Jacob deGrom’s 2-1 victory in the seventh inning Wednesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The play and game had it all: two of the best teams in the National League, a sold-out crowd of 41,799, snappy pace, great players playing great, trumpets on the field before the top of the ninth. There was even a live performance of inning.

“I gotta tell you, when we’re full, I want my hot dogs hot, I want my beer cold, I want parking to be a non-issue, I want them here.” Mets manager Buck Showalter said, “It was worth it. I want to come back.”

“We have a responsibility to be ready to play. That’s my first thought. If you go to this game tonight and get in the car and go home, it would be fun. That’s how it should be. And they chose us over the U.S. Open.”

The championship wasn’t really at stake in the Mets’ part of Queens. The Dodgers went on a 90-39 record, losing to the National League West and defeating the Mets on Tuesday, with excitable Australian musician Timmy Trumpet singing his “Narco” national anthem to get closer to Edwin Diaz. prevented from playing.

Wednesday Timmy had to do his part. Diaz also retired in ninth place, finishing just two hours and 19 minutes into the match. This gave the Mets a record of 19 wins and 11 losses for the month. This was his August win count since 2015, when he last won the pennant.

DeGrom, the only remaining player from that World Series roster, is finally pitching full force after more than a year with an arm injury. On Wednesday, he went his seventh inning for the first time in nearly 14 months, allowing two innocuous singles and Mookie his Betts home run and recording nine strikeouts.

Still, deGrom said: We played well tonight and I’m grateful for that.”

Nimmo provided the best defense of all. Nemo, who became his free agent after this season, has been working hard to improve his outfield range. Since 2020, the number of feet per second he says has increased. , when Nemo shaded him to center right field.

He needed a head start. With one out, Turner hit a 100 mph fastball over Nemo’s head near where the 8-foot wall curves toward the right field corner. Nimmo had little time to assess his surroundings.

“I knew I was hit quickly, so my concern was to get back on the fence as soon as possible,” he said.

“But I hit the line, so I didn’t get a chance to look back at the wall. Luckily, I play a lot now, so I feel like I’m close to the wall, and I just go ahead and jump. So the timing was right and everything worked perfectly.I jumped up and felt the ball hit the glove and all the emotions spilled out.”

Nimmo is back on the field smiling and screaming (“Alright, let’s go!”), clutching the ball with his bare hands and showing the crowd. Normally stoic on the mound, deGrom raised his arms in celebration and pulled his hat over Nemo.

“That saved the game,” right fielder Sterling Marte drove to Nemo with a two-run homer off Tyler Anderson in the third inning. , it motivates me to get out there and play with that level of emotion.

With a slight lead over Atlanta in the NL East — just three games after the Braves won 3-2 against Colorado on Wednesday — the Mets will sap all the extra motivation they can get. Still, the repercussions of the win will be short-lived, as the Mets face the imposing Clayton Kershaw on Thursday afternoon.

“I need to slow down a bit,” said Nemo. “Otherwise I won’t be able to sleep until 6am.”

Ending August in style, the Mets tied the season series against the Dodgers at three games apiece. Of course, Thursday’s matinee isn’t a true Game 7, but let’s raise the trumpet for the pennant-striking him about a possible rematch in October.

“I can’t wait for Diaz to play this in a World Series win,” Timmy Trumpet said before the series. “I am there for that.”

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