Mets Storm Past Rockies With Late Inning Heroics
METS 7 - ROCKIES 4 Give the Mets credit; even though they are going nowhere near the playoffs, they are not giving up on the season. Trailing the last place Colorado Rockies 4-2 after seven innings, New York orchestrated a dramatic come-from-behind win, rallying for five runs in the late stages to capture their 79th win of the year.
The Mets are just three wins away from assuring themselves a winning season – something that seemed unlikely earlier this season. And with games against the Reds and Marlins on the horizon, the Mets will reach that win total, if not exceed it.
When it comes to assessing whether Manager Mickey Callaway and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen return in 2020, the Mets play down the stretch can’t be ignored.
The Mets late inning rally started with Wilson Ramos drawing a lead-off walk when he pinch hit for catcher Rene Rivera. After J.D. Davis singled to right, Brandon Nimmo slapped a single to right, scoring pinch runner Juan Lagares, tying the game at four.
Jeff McNeil followed with a terrific at bat, drawing a walk during a nine-pitch sequence to load the bases for slugger Pete Alonso, who had already homered in the top of the sixth.
With ex-Yankee Joe Harvey on the mound for the Rockies, Alonso drew a four pitch walk, scoring Davis to put the Mets in front 5-4.
Robinson Cano drove in the third run of the inning on a double-play grounder to make it 6-4. Reliever Seth Lugo capped off the rally with a RBI single to center, bringing home McNeil with Lugo’s fourth career RBI.
Lugo, who already tossed a shutout inning in relief in the bottom of the eighth inning, worked around a single in the bottom of the ninth to get his seventh victory of the season.
Jairo Diaz took the loss for Colorado.
Noah Syndergaard got the start, allowing four runs on 10 hits over 5.2 innings of work. Syndergaard got what he wanted, pitching to someone not named Wilson Ramos, and still delivered a mediocre outing.
As for Alonso, the homer in the sixth inning was his 49th of the year. He is three away from the MLB rookie record set by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge two years ago.