Church's Duck, Duck, Goose-like slide helps Mets beat Cubs

The Mets were down 6-4 when Robinson Cancel hit a line drive between the second and first basemen that easily scored a run. However, Ryan Church was right behind him and it was difficult to see if he would be able to make it home in time. He didn’t make it home in time for the throw, but Church ran to the outside and the catcher dived for Church. He missed, and Church curled around him and dived toward home plate after already running past it. The catcher saw that he missed and dived for him, but Church quickly leaped again and slammed his palm on the plate before being touched, tying the game.

In the ninth inning, Jose Reyes led off the inning with a single. However, later in the inning it appeared Daniel Murphy was making the nightmares of last night visible. After repeated unsuccessful bunts, it was obvious there was some miscommunication between either manager Jerry Manuel, Church, or the third base coach. Church went on and fouled off a 2-strike bunt attempt with Reyes taking off toward second base.

This made every Met fan cringe. David Wright then struck out to make matters worse, but the powerful Carlos Delgado was coming to the plate. Wanting no part of Delgado, Cubs skipper Lou Piniella opted to intentionally walk him, bringing up Carlos Beltran. Beltran hit a hard line drive off the glove of the diving first baseman to score Jose Reyes from second, giving the Mets a crucial win in the playoff race.

The Phillies had the night off, meaning the Mets are now only one game behind them in the NL East. The Brewers and Mets were tied heading into today, but the Brewers are in extra innings right now so the wild card standings will be determined later tonight. Obviously, if Milwaukee wins, nothing changes, but if they lose, the Mets will then hold a one game lead in the Wild Card race.

The Marlins, who already announced in the middle of their series with the Atlanta Braves that they would play hard and try to knock the Mets out of the playoffs, head to Shea for the final three games of Shea Stadium and the 2008 regular season. The Washington Nationals will be heading to Philadelphia to take on the Phillies in their final three games.

Thanks to the information provided by Metsblog.com , I can tell you the playoff scenarios should the Mets, Brewers, and Phillies be tied at the end of the season. The Mets and Phillies will play a one-game playoff Monday in Philadelphia. The winner will win the NL east, and the loser plays the Brewers in a one-game playoff for the wild card spot. That game would either be in Philadelphia or New York, not Milwaukee.

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