The Mets (84-76) were hosting the division winning Atlanta Braves on this night in front of a large crowd of 32,210 who were mostly there in support of Pete Alonoso & hoping to see the record set.
Steven Matz (10-10) took the mound against Mike Foltynewicz (8-5). All the scoring came in the 3rd inning. Todd Frazier singled & Rene Rivera hit a two run HR, his first of the year. Then Pete Alonso followed with his record 53rd HR of the season.
Pete carried the bat up the base line as he slowly walked & watched the ball sail over the right centerfield wall.
The fans gave him a huge standing ovation as he rounded the bases raining his arms & acknowledging them. He reached home plate & was greeted by his team mates on his way back into the dugout. He waned his arms back to the fans & gave a laugh of relief.
As he came back onto the field, the fans gave him a standing ovation again that lasted what seemed like a lifetime. Pete took the emotions in & lost it as he broke down. Quote a night for the young rookie.
Pete's mother & father were in attendance along with his fiancée Haley Walsh. They all got emotional & broke down in tears as well. His mother Michelle, keeps her fathers (Pete's Grand Father) ashes in a locket she keeps with her. He always told Pete to keep swinging no matter what.
Quotes- Pete Alonso: "It's surreal. It was almost like an out of body experience. Unbelievable moment. This is more than a dream. This is more than a fantasy. I cant put it into words."
The Mets went on to the 3-0 win, as Matz went six shut out innings allowing just two hits with seven strike outs although he walked five. Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach & Edwin Diaz all pitched scoreless innings. Diaz collected a 26th save.
If the Mets can win tomorrow & sweep the final series they will finish ten games over .500.