Asdrubal Cabrera’s 3-Run Homer Pushes Mets Past Phillies in 11 Innings


Asdrubal Cabrera celebrating his game-ending home run in the bottom of the 11th inning against Philadelphia.

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The baseball season is arduously long and rewards the emotionally even-keeled, so forgive Asdrubal Cabrera if, in one dramatic moment, it all came pouring out. When he made contact, he instantly knew what had happened. Unlike one the night before, this home run ball was not getting robbed at the fence. It was not going to hook foul as one had earlier on Thursday night.

“As soon as I hit it, I knew it was going to be out,” Cabrera said.

With one powerful and compact swing, Cabrera smashed a three-run walk-off homer to cap perhaps the Mets’ most dramatic and topsy-turvy game of the season, a 9-8 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that had nearly been won or lost several times before.

Cabrera heaved the bat with two hands, a bat flip that will be remembered months from now. He thrust his hands in the air, walked slowly to first base and then pumped his right fist as Citi Field erupted and his teammates raced to home plate to…

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