Jordany Valdespin Makes His First Hit Count

May 8, 2012 12:00 AM

Jordany Valdespin Makes His First Hit Count

" Omir Santos has some company.

Santos gained his one moment of Mets fame when he took Jonathan Papelbon deep to win a game at Fenway Park in 2009. It's the reason why many learned Santos' name and the reason why they still remember it now.

Jordany Valdespin may wind up making many more memories in a Mets uniform before his career comes to an end but, thanks to Monday night, he'll have some name recognition if he doesn't. With the score tied at two with two outs in the top of the ninth and Papelbon on the mound for the Phillies, Valdespin connected for a three-run, pinch hit home run to win the game.

It was the first hit of Valdespin's career and it came just a few hours after he was summoned from the minor leagues to replace Ruben Tejada on the roster. He couldn't have gotten the hit in more exciting fashion nor could he have hit it against a better combination of team and closer to make him a folk hero for years to come.

Valdespin's home run was just the final twist in a dramatic night for the Mets "

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