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Mets get a walkoff grand slam to beat Dodgers in 10

Apr 25, 2013, 12:14 AM EST

New York Mets Jordany Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run to beat Los Angeles Dodgers in MLB game in New York Reuters

Jordany Valdespin‘s first homer of 2013 was memorable; he delivered a grand slam off Josh Wall in the bottom of the 10th to give the Mets a 7-3 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

It was the second walkoff slam of the year, with Baltimore’s Matt Wieters collecting the other.

Valdespin, who earlier entered the game as a pinch-hitter, got his chance to play hero after David Wright singled in Mike Baxter to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. That gave Dodgers closer Brandon League his first blown save.

The homer was Valdespin’s ninth in 233 major league at-bats. He’s started just seven games for the Mets this season, as manager Terry Collins hasn’t quite figured out how best to use him yet. Valdespin, primarily a second baseman in the minors, opened the spring playing only the infield. However, during April, he’s made all of his starts in the outfield and has yet to play an inning in the infield.

For the Dodgers, it was a tough loss, yet it came with a couple of encouraging signs. Ted Lilly, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since shoulder surgery last May, held the Mets to one run over five innings in his 2013 debut. Also, the struggling Matt Kemp hit his first homer, a two-run shot off Matt Harvey. It was just the second homer surrendered by Harvey this season.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    JV1 is the man right now.

  2. badintent - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Magic is pissed ! Lakers and Dodgers lose on same night

  3. bbk1000 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    It’s become apparent if Harvey doesn’t pitch a shutout every game he’ll lose…

    • dondada10 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:30 AM

      Or get a no-decision.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      what game are you watching?

      • bbk1000 - Apr 27, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        I understand he didn’t lose, the fact is he didn’t win….

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    That makes up for the ugly incident that Valdespin had at the plate earlier in the year.

  5. nbjays - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Yep! Hitting a Grand Salami beats getting hit by a Verlander fastball in the salami any day of the week.

    Career stats: HBPid = 1, Grand Slam = 1

    Here’s hoping the first stat stays where it is and the second increases.

  6. dalucks - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    The Mets have the potential to finish 3rd in the NL East. As long as they are over .500 at the end of the season then that would be considered a good year, in my opinion.

  7. DonRSD - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    LETS GO METS!!!

  8. jimeejohnson - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Duck the Fodgers.

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