NEW YORK -- Whatever the future holds for Josh Satin, he'll never forget this night.
"That’s one of the moments you kind of dream about -- especially me, a guy that’s been in the minor leagues for most of the last five years," Satin said. "The situation -- playing at Citi Field, with two outs in the ninth inning with the bases loaded, down by one run. When you’re hitting batting practice in the offseason and you're trying to take a good swing, you say, 'Bases loaded, two outs, in the ninth inning, down by one.' So coming through like that, it’s an incredible feeling."
This was the Mets' 17th victory in their last at-bat this season, but it may have been the most improbable of them all. Giants starter Matt Cain shut them out for the first seven innings, scattering just five singles. The Mets pushed one run across in the eighth, but still trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Romo entered the game with runners on first and second and one out, after Santiago Casilla had walked a pair. But despite his gaudy statistics -- 35 saves and a 2.41 ERA -- Romo failed against a series of relative no-names.
Zach Lutz's RBI double cut the Giants' lead to 4-2, and Juan Centeno -- making his major league debut -- made it 4-3 with an RBI single. Matt den Dekker walked to load the bases, Omar Quintanilla popped out to right field, but then Satin came through with the biggest hit of them all -- a line drive to left field that brought home the tying and winning runs.
"I faced him yesterday, which helped for sure," Satin said. "Just watching what he does and kind of knowing who he is, I knew he liked his slider, so I was kinda looking for it the whole at-bat. He threw me four in a row, and then the last pitch, in the back of my mind I kinda thought he was gonna throw a fastball. ... He threw a fastball inside, and I was ready for it."
The celebration was subdued in the clubhouse after the game, with the news that shortstop Ruben Tejada had suffered a broken fibula on a freak play in the top of the ninth. But it was still a victory to savor, with contributions from several young prospects.
"If there’s ever gonna be an inning ... that typifies what we’re trying to do here, and what we’re trying to preach here offensively, (it) was the ninth inning," manager Terry Collins said. "And that is, get a good ball to hit. If there’s something on the corner, tip your hat, and make him throw another one -- until you get two strikes, and then you gotta fight 'em off. We just put one good at-bat after another after another, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do."