Thursday, September 12th 2019: After a big 9-0 win the night before, where Todd Frazier hit a pair of HRs & Steven Matz won his 10th game (four of his last five decisions), the Mets were going for a four game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
911: On the 18th Anniversary of the 911 tragedies, Pete Alonzo had patriotic 911 commemorative cleats made for everyone of his team mates.
Quotes- Pete Alonso: "No one really knows how deep those emotional scars can be. Living here, just kind of interacting with everybody, I've tried to immerse myself in the New York living. I see traces of it every single day. Little bits and pieces of it. I just want to show recognition to all the people who are heroes. Ordinary people who felt a sense of urgency is an admirable quality. This is for all those people who lost their lives and all those people who did so much to help.”
In an Amazing coincidence, the Mets scored nine runs on eleven hits on the September 11th, 911 game. Todd Frazier & Jeff McNeil led the way with two HRs each.
Arizona had come to New York ahead of the Mets in the wild card race & hot. They were now cold & falling fast.
Jacob deGrom & Zack Wheeler had put in outstanding pitching performances in the first two games of the series, It was deGroms 9th win of the year 9-8 / 2.70 ERA) & Wheeler's team leading 11th win of the year (11-7).
In this matinee at Citi Field, Mickey Callaway's Mets (75-70) hosted Torey Lovullo's Diamondbacks (75-70) in front of 21,856 fans on a cloudy humid day.
In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Todd Frazier continued his hot hitting, hitting his 21st HR of the season. It was his third HR in his last two games & seven RBIs in his last four games.
In the 3rd inning, Pete Alonso reached on an error & advanced to third on a ground out. J.D. Davis drove in Alonso with a base hit. Michael Conforto singled to centerfield & Todd Frazier walked. Then Juan Lagares hit his first career grand slam HR, on a career day for him, putting the Mets up 6-0.
In the 5th Robinson Cano hit his 13th HR of the year, the third of the day for the Mets. Michael Conforto drew a one out walk & after Frazier struck out, Juan Lagares stepped in again.
He homered once again, this one a two run shot, giving him a career high six RBIs on the day. It was the Mets fourth HR of the day, as they went up 9-0.
Then catcher Tomas Nido added a back to back blast into the left field bleachers, making it 10-0 Mets. Their fifth HR of the day, tying a team record for most Mets HRs at Citi Field in a single game.
In the bottom of the 7th, Michael Conforto helped his club set the team record of six Mets HRs in Citi Filed home game. It was Conforto's 30th HR of the year, marking the first time in his five year career he reached the 30 HR milestone.
It was a fine pitching performance from Marcus Stroman, his best yet since joining the Mets.
He struck out a season high, nine batters. In 6.1 innings one run on four hits, six Ks & four walks, earning him his 8th win of the year, his second Mets win in seven outings. Chris Mazza closed out the game with 2.1 innings of hitless / scoreless baseball. He even got an at bat grounding out to short stop.
So the Mets swept the Diamondbacks, after a tough series losing two of three from the Phillies. These Mets have been beat up during the course of the season, but always seemed to bounce back & put themselves right in the mix of things. No matter how the season ends up, they must be commended for that.
On July 21st they were in 10th place for
the wild card spot. As of now they are two games out of the second wild card spot (76-70) but there are five teams battling for that position.
Quotes- Manager, Mickey Callaway: "I think we're where we expected to be, a chance to do something special".