On Saturday, the New York Mets won their fourth game in a row in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Mets used an “opener” for the first time with Tommy Hunter taking the mound. The Mets kept the same lineup for the third straight game and played their best defensive game of the year. Though the boxscore will show three errors in the field, the Mets defense shined out. Kevin Pillar led the way, making two stellar catches in center field. Pete Alonso made a few nice plays at first base, one of which saved two runs. The Mets pitchers put together another solid game, lowering their team ERA to 3.03, good for second in the Major Leagues.
Key Contributions From The Big Guns
The Mets finally got some contribution from Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor in Saturday night’s 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks. McNeil and Lindor combined to go 3-for-7 tonight with two extra-base hits and three RBIs and three runs. In the third inning, Joey Lucchesi led off with a walk and McNeil followed it with a two-run home run to put the Mets up 2-0. Lindor followed with a walk and used his speed to score a run on his own. With two outs, Lindor took off on the first pitch to Dom Smith. Lindor stole second with ease and when he dove into second, the base ricocheted into left-center field. With the outfielders playing pretty deep, Lindor took off for third and scored as the outfielders couldn’t get the ball in time. This is an electric play that the Mets of years past could not pull off.
Another Nice Game From The Bullpen
The Mets also got a really nice contribution from some unlikely pitching heroes in this game. Hunter “opened” the game for the Mets following his Mets debut on Friday night. The Mets’ opener successfully went through two innings, allowing just one Diamondback baserunner on a catcher’s interference. The Mets then handed the ball to Joey Lucchesi for the second time through the lineup. Lucchesi followed with 3 ⅓ innings of allowing one unearned run. The Mets had a no-hitter through five in this game before Lucchesi allowed two hits in the sixth inning. With one out and a runner on second, Jeurys Familia came in and struck out the next two batters in dominant fashion. Familia came in for a second inning and got three more outs, though he allowed three soft hits.
Adding on Late Before Locking It Down
The Mets threw on an insurance run courtesy of McNeil and Lindor in the bottom of the seventh inning. After a leadoff walk by Jose Peraza, McNeil reached on a fielder’s choice. McNeil picked a great spot for his first stolen base of the season, and Lindor immediately followed it with an RBI single. The Mets handed the ball to Aaron Loup in the eighth who allowed one run and then Trevor May locked the Diamondbacks down after allowing a leadoff hit in the ninth.
Thanks to some nice defensive plays and strong base-running, the Mets were able to win a baseball game that they very well could have lost last season or in past seasons. The Mets have been known for their lack of speed and defense. They placed an emphasis on it in the offseason and it really showed out in this game. The win over the Diamondbacks is the Mets’ fourth in a row, which has them at 15-13 on the season. The Mets will have Jacob deGrom back on the mound on Sunday afternoon looking for the sweep of the Diamondbacks.