The Mets were able to salvage a game in their series against the Dodgers last night, but it didn’t come easy. After Juan Lagares helped the Mets recapture the lead in the bottom of the seventh, the bull pen was in jeopardy of blowing the lead in the eighth inning. After Yasiel Puig nearly tied the game, with a double off the center field wall, Hanley Ramirez stepped to the plate against Dice-K.
Ramirez ripped a ball into left field, which looked like a sure thing hit that would tie the game at four a piece. That is until Eric Campbell, who was making his first start in the outfield, decided he wasn’t having any of that. Campbell made a tremendous diving catch to rob Ramirez and was able to quickly get to his feet and fire the ball into second base, doubling off Puig for an inning ending double play.
Puig may have made the better catch just a few innings earlier, as he robbed Wilmer Flores of an extra base hit in the right center gap, but Campbell provided the play of the game given the situation. It was unknown just what kind of defense Campbell would provide in the outfield coming into tonight, it’s unlikely he will be a gold glove caliber defender, but he certainly showed us he knows what he’s doing out there.
Hat tip to Wally Backman for pushing Campbell to be promoted and assuring Terry Collins of his capabilities.