So now we know what the Mets need to be successful — snow. With the flurries falling in Minneapolis Friday night, the Mets bats exploded as they crushed the Twins 16-5.
Jordany Valdespin led off the game against former Phillie Vance Worley with a single. Daniel Murphy followed with a double to put runners on second and third. David Wright also doubled to make it a 2-0 game. Ike Davis walked and John Buck hit a ball that the third baseman could not handle. Wright scored on the error to make it 3-0. Marlon Byrd singled to score Davis and Buck to give the Mets a 5-0 lead after one inning.
Jonathon Niese gave back two of the runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a walk and a couple of hits.
The Mets picked up in the second where they left off in the first. Valdespin and Murphy led off with singles. Wright also singled to score Valdespin to make it 6-2. Davis walked again to load the bases, which ended Worley’s night. Pedro Hernandez came in to face Buck, only to find out that not even freezing whether could cool down the smoking hot Buck. He of course hit a grand slam into the seats in left to extend the lead to 10-2. Buck now leads the league in both home runs with six and RBIs with 19. Just amazing.
An error (another one by Ruben Tejada) and a walk put runners on first and second in the fifth for the Twins. Justin Morneau doubled off the unnecessarily high wall in right to make it 10-3. Ryan Doumit singled to center to score two, bringing the score to 10-5.
Niese was lucky to get through five innings, needing 101 pitches. He was obviously struggling with the elements, uncharacteristically walking four batters. He just never seemed to have a feel for the ball.
The Mets loaded the bases in the seventh and with two outs Murphy doubled to right to clear the bases to make it 13-5. Murphy had four hits and four RBIs on the night. Wright followed with a triple. His fourth RBI of the game made it 14-5.
The Mets added two runs in the ninth to run the final score to 16-5 on a frigid night in Minnesota.