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.
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