Jul 21, 2021

Remembering Mets History: (2017) Wilmer Flores' Walk Off HR

Saturday July 22nd 2017: Tonight Terry Collins struggling Mets (45-50) would host Bob Melvin & the Oakland Athletics (43-54) in an interleague game.

A Citi Field crowd of 39,629 showed up to see Zack Wheeler take on Sean Manaea.

Starting Lineups

Zack Wheeler had a nightmare of a 1st inning, as the Athletics sent nine men to the plate scoring four runs on three hits including a lead off HR by Matthew Joyce.

Kris Davis & Bruce Maxwell added RBI hits & Matt Chapman added a sac fly. Chapman added a solo HR off Wheeler in the 3rd making it 5-0 Oakland.

Oakland's Sean Manaea held the Mets scoreless into the 6th inning. Then Wilmer Flores led off with a double. Jay Bruce then hit his team leading 25th HR of the year, getting the Mets closer 5-2.

With one out Jose Reyes tripled & was brought in by Travis d'Arnaud. Then with two outs, Michael Conforto doubled to left field, d'Arnaud scored and it was now a 5-4 game.

In the home 8th, T.J. Rivera led off with a single to left but was erased when Jose Reyes grounded into a double play. But Travis d'Arnaud then doubled to left field & Lucas Duda came through with a base hit up the middle, tying the game at five.

The Mets bullpen of Josh Smoker, Josh Edgin & Hansel Robles held down the Athletics for three innings.

In the home 9th Simon Castro came on to pitch for Oakland & got the first two outs. Wilmer Flores then came up blasting a walk off HR giving the Mets a 6-5 win. It was their fourth win in a row, sadly the second longest win streak of 2017.

It was Flores 9th HR of the year & 6th RBI walk off hit of his career, two of them being HRs.

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