Terry Collins appeared ready to go to his bullpen for the ninth inning of Sunday’s Game 5 but Matt Harvey successfully lobbied the Mets manager to let him stay in the game.
After Harvey finished a 1-2-3 eighth inning, television cameras showed pitching coach Dan Warthen apparently telling Harvey he was done for the night. “No way,” Harvey said repeatedly, before approaching Collins.
“I’m going back out there,” Harvey told Collins.
Harvey did take the mound to start the ninth inning but gave up a leadoff walk to Lorenzo Cain and an RBI double to Eric Hosmer, leading Collins to go to closer Jeurys Familia. Familia had blown two saves in the series, in Game 1 and Game 4.
Familia induced a groundout to first that allowed Hosmer to advance to third. Salvador Perez grounded out to third base but Hosmer broke for home and scored on first baseman Lucas Duda’s errant throw to the plate, tying the game.
- Dan Gartland