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Matt den Dekker hits an upper decker for first career home run

Sep 1, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker, making this third career start tonight against the Nationals, blasted a Ross Ohlendorf fastball into the upper deck in right field at Nationals Park for his first career home run.

den Dekker spent most of this season with Triple-A Las Vegas, posting an .852 OPS in 202 trips to the plate.

The solo homer put the Mets up 3-0 early as they attempt to complete a series sweep of the Nats, whose playoff hopes are fading quickly. Nationals manager Davey Johnson called dropping a series to the Mets “one of my worst nightmares”. A series sweep with his team’s playoff chances on life support must then be the seventh circle of hell.

  1. emdash01 - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Ohlendorf probably shouldn’t be starting, for, well, many reasons. But primarily because he’d been suffering from shoulder inflammation, because during a previous start, Davey let him get up to 114 pitches during an outing in which his velocity dropped by about 10 MPH. If he’s anywhere near physically 100%, I’d be shocked.

    • mspauto - Sep 2, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      Ohlendorf wasn’t pitching when den Dekker hit the upper decker!

      • emdash01 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

        …yes, he was? It was in the second inning.

  2. nysportsrule - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    That was crushed! Hopefully the first of many in NY.

  3. historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    That’s awesome.

  4. NatsLady - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Have to say, ESPN got their money’s worth on this game, even though it was Nats-Mets. Twenty-nine hits between the two teams, and, actually, several of the pitchers were quite good…. (not Ohlendorf, however. In addition to missing his location constantly, got a throwing error on a pick off play. If he’d had Haren’s luck it would have been 8-0 in the 3rd inning like it was yesterday but he got “rescued” by good defense and line-drives right at guys.) Harper playing centerfield is an adventure…

  5. brewcrewfan54 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:40 AM

    I gave my friend an upper decker once. As a joke it was also a homerun.

    • bbk1000 - Sep 2, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      A euphemism no doubt….please keep it to yourself..

      • tfbuckfutter - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM

        An upper decker is when you poop in the toilet tank.

        Also….den Dekker and Ohlendorf? What country are we in? And on Labor Day weekend no less.

      • gloccamorra - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        Den Dekker was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Ohlendorf was born in Austin Texas. BTW: Joe “Germany” Schulz was born in Pittsburgh, and Herman “Germany” Schaefer was born in Chicago.Those names your ancestors left you will get you every time.

      • bbk1000 - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        man I had forgotten……thanks for the memories….haha

        tfbuckfutter – Sep 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM
        An upper decker is when you poop in the toilet tank.

        Also….den Dekker and Ohlendorf? What country are we in? And on Labor Day weekend no less

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