PHILADELPHIA – Francisco Lindor may not hit, but the rest of this Mets lineup is starting to show signs of life.
The most welcome additions are Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeill, who spent most of the first month of this season in marked declines. Dominic Smith’s recent decline also seems to be over.
On Sunday night, the Mets tiptoed around the collapse of Edwin Diaz in the ninth – receiving a huge assist from the replay review – and celebrated the overall result, which matched their season’s best in a wild 8-8 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets (11-11) have scored at least five tracks in consecutive games, the first of the season.
Somehow the bears survived on the ninth. Rhys Hoskins seemed to hit Homer to tie the game with Diaz with two outs, but the call was canceled by the crew chief’s review, which showed the ball hitting the railing over the right-hand fence and bouncing back into play. Hoskins received a double, and Jevris Familia came in to cross out Bryce Harper by terminating it.
Diaz, who allowed three games during the inning, managed to tighten his back, according to manager Luis Rojas, but wanted to go through it.
In a huge eighth inning, the Mets sent 10 tests to the plate and hardened the Phillies bull, including Jose Alvarado – who was stopped three games earlier in the day (he appealed) for his role in inciting the benches on Friday night.
Alonso delivered the big hit in the eighth, triple double after the Mets came together to take the lead. Kevin Pilar lost the host, leading the inning, and Jonathan Villar’s warning run contributed to another run. In the game, pincher striker Jose Peraza took off Hoskins’ glove as the ball bounced behind him. Initially, Villar had stopped in third place, but as Phyllis ignored, he broke the plate to tie 4-4.
“I call it ‘Caballo Loco’ – it means ‘crazy horse,'” Alonso said. “He is reckless, but in a good way when he manages the bases. He is super aggressive and is the type of player who can cause a lot of chaos on the base tracks. “
Conforto later walked – for the fourth time when he reached base in the game – to force the move before Alonso’s double provided a cushion.
“What we saw tonight were the bats we’ve seen taking boys over the last few years,” Rojas said. “There were very good consecutive strikes. This is something we have done in the last few years and we really did not do it in April. “
Pilar and Villar were in the lineup because Brandon Nimo and JD Davis were not available to swing the bat due to hand injuries. With a short bench, Rojas was forced to use a pitcher of Taijuan Walker as a pinch in the eighth.
“It just feels good that we’re insultingly in a position to win a game,” Pilar said. “Our throne platform was so good, our starting cost was so good … fortunately [Hoskins’] ball hit the top of the rail and gave [Familia] a chance to close this game. “
Lindor went 0-for-5 and saw his average drop to .171. Lindor, who remains tied to hole number 2 in the squad, has one homer and three RBIs. In his biggest bat of the night, he was retired by Zack Eflin with the busy bases to end the sixth inning.
Miguel Castro passed three homers to Homer to Didi Gregorius at the bottom of the sixth to give Phyllis a 4-2 lead. The blast ended a fruitless series of 19 innings by the Mets relievers.
David Peterson gave the Mets a chance by allowing one run with four goals and two walks, with eight shots, over five innings. It was the second consecutive solid start for the left hand, which allowed two runs won in six innings against the Red Sox last week.
Andrew McCutch started Peterson’s third pitch in the home lead game, but the Mets managed to avoid further damage during the inning with the help of McNeil’s glove after Hoskins walked around and Harper single.
Alec Bohm fired a shot to the middle, which McNeill managed to knock down and threw at Lindor to start a double game. McNeil’s quick reflexes saved at least one run and perhaps an even bigger extended inning.