Aug 16, 2020

Remembering Mets History (2019) Pete Alonso Sets NL Rookie Single Season HR Record

Sunday August 18th 2019: The Mets were back in contention & in the midst of the wild card race. After winning 15 of 16 games, they fell off a bit having won just two in their last five games. 

Most of todays attention, went to Rookie sensation, slugger, Pete Alonso. He entered the game needing just one HR to set the NL HR mark.

Mickey Callaway's Mets (64-60) were in Kansas City taking on Ned Yost's Royals (44-81). The Royals had fallen to fourth place with the leagues third worst record. The Mets Zack Wheeler took the mound against Glenn Sparkman in front of 20,661 in a Sunday matinee at Kaufman Royals Stadium.

The Mets bats started right away in the 1st inning, as Amed Rosario singled but was caught stealing. Joe Panik then tripled to left & Pete Alonso was issued a walk. The hot hitting Michael Conforto blasted a three run HR to right, his 26th of the year.

In the 4th, Zack Wheeler gave up a double to Hunter Dozier, then Jorge Soler reached on a catcher's interference call. 

A wild pitch then moved the
runners over & a ground out scored the Royals first run. In the home 6th inning, three Royals hits & an error led to three runs being scored & KC taking the lead 4-3.

The Mets erupted with a big 6th inning. Todd Frazier doubled & was sacrificed over to third. A J.D. Davis base hit tied the game at four. Catcher Tomas Nido then doubled. Amed Rosario singled bringing home both runners. 

After a pitching change, Panik singled to center. Then Pete Alonso doubled home Rosario. Conforto & Wilson Ramos both singled & the Mets had a nice 9-4 lead.

The Royals got a run off Jeurys Familia making it 9-5 to the 9th inning.

As the inning began, the Royals were on their fifth pitcher, Jacob Barnes. Pete Alonso led off the inning & made history. 

He blasted a monster HR to left field setting a new NL HR mark for rookies. He was greeted by his happy teammates & they continued to witness his incredible rookie season.

Trivia: Alonso would go on to set the MLB rookie record & Mets single season HR marks with 

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