Rookie OF Brandon Nimmo drove in his first major league RBI and scored the winning run in the New York Mets' 4-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday at Citi Field.
In a nine-pitch at-bat against Chicago's Joel Peralta, Nimmo drove in Travis d'Arnaud with an RBI single to center that brought the Mets within run at 3-2, and advanced to second base on the ensuing throw.
"That's a big league at-bat for the kid," Neil Walker said. "Those are the at-bats that give you confidence, especially as a young guy. So I can't say enough about how he grinded through that and how big a hit that was."
Walker followed with a chopper to second base, which the Cubs' second baseman attempted to throw to third to get the lead runner. Instead, he threw it away, allowing Alejandro de Aza and Nimmo to score to give the Mets a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning.
"I'm just ecstatic," Nimmo said after his first big league home game. "I'm just overjoyed and so thankful right now."
Nimmo started in place of an injured Curtis Granderson, who will likely need a few more days rest before returning to the starting lineup, which will give the rookie some more playing time.
"He was definitely a sparkplug for us today," Walker said. "This is how we have to grind right now."
This kid always seems to have a smile on his face, and when he came back into the dugout after scoring in the seventh, he was amped up -- which is something the Mets desperately need right now. Hopefully, his energy and attitude can spread throughout the team, as they're looking sad, sluggish and downtrodden over the last few weeks.
Especially coming off their dreadful series against Atlanta and Washington, this was a big win over the very talented Cubs.
Nimmo needs to be the sparkplug for the Mets, and he can pull it off. Let's see what the weekend brings for the Wyoming native.