The Mets just 1/2 game out of the second wild card spot, riding a six game win streak, 13 of last 14. The Mets have been beating up on the weaker teams of the NL on their win streak & all the talk is can they now compete with the better teams. The Nationals enter as the NL wild card leaders.
A marquee pitching matchup, had Marcus Stroman making his Citi Field debut, in front of his mom, family members & friends from his hometown Long Island, going up against the Nats, Steven Strasburg.
Stroman rolled along striking out a season high nine batters, allowing four runs on nine hits with three walks in his home town debut. In the 4th Anthony Rendon tripled as Mets outfielders Michael Conforto & Jeff McNeil collided on a fly ball in the gap. Juan Soto then hit his 22nd HR of the year to make it 2-0 Nats.
But the young Mets, responded, as broadcaster Keith Hernandez stated, it's going to be interesting how the youngsters will respond inn the biggest game of their careers up to this point. Well, Pete Alonso responded with is 38th HR of the year, J.D. Davis followed with his 13th HR of the year tying up the big game.... and the crowd went crazy.
In the 7th, after Stroman gave up a led off walk to Trea Turner, he was pulled for Justin Wilson. Wilson soon gave up a two run HR to Mets nemesis Anthony Rendon, putting the Nats ahead 5-3. In the 9th the Nats added another when Turner scored on a wild pitch from Luis Avilian.
It seemed the Mets may have been done for the night, but not these Mets of late. In an absolutely insane 9th inning of a wild game, the Mets came back, beating up on a pitcher they have have had great success with, Sean Doolittle.
J.D. Davis doubled, Wilson Ramos singled & then Todd Frazier brought the crowd & Mets fans all over watching on TV into a frenzy as he blasted a three run HR, tying up the game.
Joe Panik, another New York guy from Duchess County who was just signed, after the Giants released him the other day & playing in his first Mets game, singled to center field. Pinch hitter Juan Lagares bunted but Panik was nailed at third. After McNeil flew out, Amed Rosario got his third hit of the game with a base hit to left.
Michael Conforto stepped in against Dr. Doolittle & lined a shot to right field over Adam Eaton's head, Lagares scored & the Mets won it 7-6.
Conforto had his first career walk off hit (his 65th RBI of the year) & his team mates responded by mobbing him & ripping the shirt off his back. It was an exciting, important, message sending win for the Mets.
The Amazings (yep that's how they are playing right now) extend their win streak to seven games, 14 of the last 15.