Josh Satin got his first career walk-off hit, giving the Mets a win over the Giants on Wednesday night, with a two-out, two-run single.
“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 after the game, according to ESPN New York. “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.”
The Mets scored four runs in the ninth inning, despite being shutout the first seven innings with just five singles.
They worked out three walks, two doubles, a single and a wild pitch before Satin’s game-breaking hit to end the game.
“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,” Terry Collins said after the game. “We just put one good at-bat after another after another, and that’s exactly what we’re trying to do.”
Collins described the team’s ideal hitting approach as: “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.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Satin is a fringe player, but time and time again, his name comes up when the team talks about their ideal at bat. I think they really, really want him to get comfortable in the outfield. He can be a multi-position utility guy next year, getting lots of at bats against left-handed pitching, mostly playing first base and spelling David Wright, while getting some time in left field. He’s a good — not great — useful and nice guy who everyone seems to like, and I expect he’ll have some sort of role next year.
Michael Baron, ContributorHe isn’t a starter, and if not for the lack of roster depth over the last couple of years, Satin might not even be in the organization right now. Remember, he was designated for assignment over the course of the 2012 season, and he passed through waivers and was ultimately sent back to Buffalo, off the 40-man roster. But, he has worked his way back into the mix in that time, and has earned the opportunity to be a part of the discussion for next year’s roster. He has done a good job working deep counts, fouling pitches off and staying in at-bats which — as was the case last night — helping to create opportunities for himself. He won’t be a starter in the big leagues, as Matt said, but in a best case scenario he can come off the bench as a super-utility player.
Satin was mic’d up in the latest Mets Insider, which you can watch here.