June is officially in the rearview mirror, but the Mets aren’t looking back.
After its first series win in over a month on July 2 against the Giants, the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-5 on Tuesday. The two teams traded fireworks on Independence Day and hit three home runs in a back-and-forth matchup.
Corbyn Carroll The fireworks show started at the back of the first inning.The left-hander hit a changeup off the other side Max Scherzer He hit his 18th home run of the season to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead. Carroll has been active in Arizona this season, posting a .979 OPS and eight homers in June and recently winning the National League Rookie of the Month Award.
The Mets joined the powerhouse in the top of the fourth inning. Sterling Malte gave New York its first lead of the match. Francisco Lindor After advancing to third base with one out on a walk, Jeff McNeill Singled. Marte, who hadn’t hit a extra base since June 24, came to bat and hit a home run to give the Mets a 3–1 lead.
Arizona quickly fought back in the bottom of the fourth, teaming up with Scherzer. for two more long balls.After retirement Jake McCarthy With the first two outs by Carroll, Scherzer allowed back-to-back homers. Christian Walker and Lourdes Gurriel Junior Catch up with a 3-3 tie. The right-hander allowed 16 home runs in 2023 (1.8 per nine innings).
The ball continued to fly in the top of the fifth, and the Mets hit another home run to regain the lead. With 2 outs in the first time, Brandon Nemo He hit his 13th home run of the season to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.Surprisingly Nimmo Not selected to the National League All-Star Teamhas hit five homers in his last seven games in a heatwave in New York.
Scherzer was dealing with the Mets in the desert while the two teams traded home runs. His right arm struck out five snakes in the first four innings and gave no bases. However, he suffered a pinch in the bottom of the fifth. After recording his first two outs, Scherzer allowed the bases loaded on a walk and two singles. He walked Carroll to tie the game at four, but struck out the inning. Christian Walker.
Scherzer’s night was over after taking teams out in turn in the sixth inning. Although not perfect, Scherzer got the job done against his former team, striking out nine batters in six innings. He allowed four earned runs, three of which came from solo homers.
“I think he did a good job,” Alvarez said of Scherzer after the game. “Maybe it wasn’t as efficient as he would have liked, but we kept a clean sheet (in the sixth) and did the best we could.”
Meanwhile, the Mets took the lead for the third time in the top of the seventh.Compete against ex-Met Miguel Castro, Francisco Alvarez He hit a two-run home run to give the Mets a 6-4 lead. He had a flight range of 467 feet. It was Alvarez’s 14th home run of the season, breaking the single-season home run record by a Mets rookie catcher. Previously held Travis Darneauhit 13 in 2014.
Alvarez will continue the fireworks display on the 4th! 🎆 pic.twitter.com/VL1pY6aV46
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 4, 2023
“I was ready to hit a fastball over there,” Alvarez told Michel Margaux after the game. “I just wanted to make a good swing and push the runner forward.”
The offensive team added additional points in the 8th and 9th innings.newly remembered DJ Stewart A sacrifice fly in the eighth inning extended New York’s lead to 7-4, and Lindall’s RBI double added another run in the ninth, making the score 8-4.
Those scores were decisive for the Mets in a pinch in the bottom of the ninth. With a four-run lead, Buck Showalter turned to the next line-up. Drew Smith to take the last three outs. The right-handed pitcher got two outs, but allowed a single and a walk, and was pulled and hit by Showalter. David Robertson. The Mets’ closer made matters worse, giving Walker a walk after a bases loaded by Carroll to cut New York’s lead to 8–5.
Faced with Gurriel Jr., who hit a home run early in the game, Robertson calmly lured in a ground ball to end the game. The Mets won three straight games for the first time since May, improving their record to 39-46. It wasn’t a pretty game, but the offense overcame the ace’s mediocre start and failed to deliver on it all June.
Francisco Alvarez was named Player of the Game. The rookie hit a 467-foot game-winning home run in the sixth inning, breaking Darneau’s single-season home run record for a rookie catcher.
Kodai Senga The start was postponed by a day, but he will start Wednesday with the Mets. The 30-year-old dominated his last start against the Brewers, striking out eight batters in five innings.
The Diamondbacks will counter with: Tommy Henry. His left arm is solid in his second MLB season, starting 13 games for Arizona with a 4.08 ERA and a 107-plus ERA.
Wednesday’s first pitch is set for 9:40 p.m. ET. The match is available on SNY and available on WCBS 880.
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