ELDS Game 1 - postgame notes and video
Mitchell wasn't as dominant Wednesday as he was in his previous start (5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 4BB, 4K), but things could have been much worse if he didn't get this big double play in the first. He was very shaky early, giving up two hits and two walks in the first, but the DP seemed to settle him down.
Tyler Austin gets pumped.
Before the game, Tyler Austin said that it was going to be a "long night" for B-Mets starter and top Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard, and then went out and got three big hits, including these two doubles. This, of course, from a guy that just missed 47 games. Some people might have a problem with this, but I have no problem with a guy being confident and getting himself pumped up for a big matchup.
GAMEL SINGLES HOME AUSTIN!...in the fourth inning.
So, not the game winning hit, but a little preview of what was to come.
DANNY BURAWA: ESCAPE ARTIST
With all the dramatics at the end of the game, one thing that could get lost for the Thunder was that their bullpen was actually quite good. Besides Venditte giving up the runs in the tenth, the only real danger came n the eighth, when Burawa loaded the bases before recording an out. Though Burawa can drive you mad with his inconsistency, his stuff is always good enough to get three outs in a row, and that's what happened here (also, always nice to have a glove like Mason Williams in center.)
V FOR VENDITTE
Venditte was good in the ninth, but not so good in the tenth. This sac fly looked like it was going to have the Thunder down 0-1 in the series.
THE CARDIAC KIDS
So, as you may have guessed by now, I didn't get Gamel's walk-off hit on video (you try writing a gamer on deadline while shooting and posting video...it's hard). I did, however, get video of Gary Sanchez's clutch two-out, two-strike RBI and of Austin's base hit to keep the game alive, which gives you some idea of what had to happen before the lineup even got to Gamel.
Now that you've checked out my post though, here are some more legit highlights.