The Mets opened up their five-game series in the Bronx by sweeping their crosstown rivals in a double-header. Additionally, both games were won in a fairly dramatic fashion. The Mets have now won three straight, and sit at 15-16 on the season. Meanwhile, the Yankees are headed in the opposite direction. They now are on a seven-game losing streak, tumbling to 16-13. They are tied with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East and are four games back of the Rays. The Mets will look to keep the good times rolling on Saturday.
Offense rallies late in both games
Through the first four innings of game one, the Mets’ offense looked lifeless. They finally scored a run in the fifth, but still trailed 4-1. However, they knocked Jordan Montgomery out of the game with back-to-back singles to lead off the sixth. After the Yankees brought in Chad Green, Pete Alonso smacked a game-tying three-run-homer, his sixth long-ball of the year. Additionally, the Mets got back-to-back homers from Dom Smith and Jake Marisnick to put them up 6-4. Marisnick’s homer was his first as a Met, while Smith continued his torrid pace with his seventh on the season.
The Mets fell behind again in game two and trailed 3-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh. However, against flamethrower Aroldis Chapman, Jeff McNeil worked a gritty, eight-pitch lead-off walk. The Mets sent up Amed Rosario to pinch-hit for Luis Guillorme, and Rosario smacked a 2-0 slider over the left-field fence for a walk-off two-run homer. In a season where there have been few bright spots for the Mets, these two games were their best victories of the season.
Bullpen bails out the starters
Neither Michael Wacha nor David Peterson pitched well in their starts. Wacha lasted just three innings, and while he registered seven strikeouts, he also allowed six hits and four runs. Additionally, Peterson struggled with his command, surrendering four hits, three runs, and three walks in four innings.
However, the Mets’ bullpen was fantastic in both games. They combined for seven shutout innings, while only allowing four hits. In game one, Walker Lockett earned the win, pitching two innings while allowing two hits, one walk and striking out three. Dellin Betances got into trouble in the sixth but ultimately escaped unscathed. Additionally, Edwin Díaz earned his second save of the year by striking out the side in the seventh. In the second game, Jeurys Familia worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, before Brad Brach and Jared Hughes both pitched clean innings. Additionally, Hughes was credited with his first win as a Met.
The Mets have yet to announce their starter for Saturday’s game. However, they will face off against lefty J.A. Happ. The veteran southpaw has struggled this year, to the tune of a 6.39 ERA/8.68 FIP and a 1.579 WHIP in 12.2 innings pitched. He was solid in his last start though, only allowing three hits, two walks, and one run in 5.2 innings against the Red Sox. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 P.M. EST.
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