Saturday April 6th 2019: After losing the home opener, the rested Mets were ready for their eighth game of the year.
If the home opener was a disappointment, this one certainly excited the 35,156 fans in attendance at Citi. Mickey Callaway's club tied a Citi Field by hitting five Mets HRs.
Steve Matz got his first start of the year and had a strong outing. In five innings, he struck out eight, allowing just two hits but walked four, while not giving up any runs. Robert Gsellman & Justin Wilson both allowed a run each & Jeurys Familia gave up three. But Edwin Diaz saved it.
The struggling J.D. Davis was put into days line up, batting clean up & playing at third base, even though everyone was wondering where the hot hitting Jeff McNeil was. Davis did not disappoint, he blasted a lead off HR that was clocked by stat cast as the hardest HR hit so far in 2019.
In the 6th inning, after the Nats had tied it in the top of the inning, Davis struck again. This time he blasted one even further, a 446' shot to center field putting the Mets up 2-1. Michael Conforto followed with a solo HR of his own, a blast to right field which was his first HR of the season.
The Mets bullpen was shaky once again, as it seems Roger Gsellman can't get no one out this year. He had given up a run in the 6th, now in the 7th Victor Robles walked, was sacrificed to second & scored in a most peculiar way.
Jeurys Familia was on the mound, he threw a ball that went under catcher, Wilson Ramos' legs. Ramos couldn't find the ball- Robles with heads up base running, scored all the way from second base.
The bullpen, this time it was Familia who couldn't hold it. Familia gave up two HRs for the first time in his career, in the same inning. As Rendon & Wilmer Difo both connected. The Nats had a 5-3 lead, the crowd got quiet & things looked gloomy.
But these 2019 Mets, seem like they are fighters & can come back, this early on. The young slugger, Pete Alonso, who had doubled earlier, hit what Mets fans are hoping will be the first of many Citi Field HRs.
It reved up the fans & then Robinson Cano followed with a giant blast of his own, tying up the game at five. It was Cano's second HR of the young season.
J.D. Davis collected his third hit of the day, a single to left field. After Ramos grounded into a double play, the Mets continued with a two outs winning rally.
Michael Conforto doubled on a shar liner to right, he clapped his hands & yelled to his team "lets go".
Jeff McNeil then came in as a pinch hitter & was hit by a pitch. Keon Broxton who got the start in the outfield today, came through with a sharp base hit to center field scoring Conforto in what turned out to be the game winning run.
Edwin Diaz, the only sure thing so far in the 2019 Mets bullpen, retired the Nats in order to collect his fourth save of the year. The Mets had an exciting 6-5 win.
In the post game interview, Broxton was calm & kool thanking the fans by saying "I guess its welcome to New York" as they chanted his name.