On a day where the Mets mourned the passing of franchise icon Tom Seaver, the team rallied for a big victory. They faced deficits at different points in the game but came through to defeat their crosstown rivals by the score of 9-7. The win was the Mets’ second in a row and earned them a split of the Subway Series. They now sit at 17-21 heading into a big four-game series with the Phillies. Meanwhile, the Yankees fell to 20-16, and are tied with the Blue Jays for second place in the AL East. They are now five-games behind the Rays for the division lead. The loss was the Bombers’ 10th in their last 14 games.
Clutch hitting at last
The Mets have struggled all year to hit with runners in scoring position. However, they went 6-for-12 in those situations on Thursday. After falling behind 4-0 in the second inning, the Mets scored one run on a Todd Frazier solo homer. Frazier had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a homer and two doubles. In the fourth, the Mets scored three runs, thanks to RBI from Jake Marisnick, Amed Rosario, and Jeff McNeil. After falling behind 7-4 in the eighth, Rosario came through again with a two-run single. In the ninth, after Billy Hamilton was caught stealing, J.D. Davis tied the game with a home run off Aroldis Chapman.
As the rain began to fall in the 10th inning, the grounds crew got ready to put the tarp on the field. However, no rain-delay was necessary, as Pete Alonso smacked his first career walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the 10th. The homer was Alonso’s eighth of the year and was much needed after a lengthy slump. Additionally, this homer made the Mets the first team to walk off the same opponent in both teams’ stadiums in the same season.
Ups and downs from the bullpen
Robert Gsellman started on Thursday and struggled. He allowed four hits and four runs in just 1.2 innings pitched. However, Chasen Shreve and Jeurys Familia both had scoreless outings that spanned multiple innings. While Miguel Castro and Justin Wilson both struggled in their appearances, Edwin Díaz was fantastic. He struck out three batters in the ninth, and after inducing a line-drive double play, he struck out Luke Voit to keep the game tied in the 10th. Additionally, Díaz earned his second win of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.25.
The Mets now enter their biggest series of the season, as the Phillies come to Queens for four games. Rick Porcello will get the start on Friday night against Jake Arrieta. Porcello earned a no-decision in his start, but was solid, going five innings and allowing four hits, two walks, and two runs. Meanwhile, Arrieta was rocked by the Braves in his last outing, giving up six hits, three walks, and seven runs, while only recording four outs. That raised his season ERA up to an ugly 6.49. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 P.M. EST.
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