Remembering Mets History (2019) Pete Alonzo Becomes The First Met To Hit 50 HRs

Friday, September 20th 2019: The Mets (80-73) were still in the wild card hunt, 3 1/2 games back with ten games to go while chasing two other teams for the second wild card spot. 

Mickey Callaway's Mets were in Cincinnati to take on David Bell's Reds, in front of 20,576 fans, many of them Mets fans. 

Jacob deGrom (9-8) entered the game leading the league in ERA (2.61) strike outs (239) & WAR (6.3) for pitchers, as well as walks & hits per nine innings (1.005)  took on Luis Castillo (15-6 / 3.22 ERA / 211 Ks / 239 Ks)

The game was all about the pitchers going into the 6th inning. In the top of the 6th, Jeff McNeil hit his 23 HR of the year. The 4th leading hitter in the NL (.321) had also flashed his glove, making a fine play at third earlier.

In the 7th, with two outs, J.D. Davis walked & Amed Rosario hit a two run HR, making it 3-0 Mets. It was his 14th HR of the year.

In the 8th inning, McNeil got his second hit of the night with a single to right field. Then it was Pete Alonso, already leading the majors in HRs, he made Mets history, once again. 

Alonso launched a massive HR into the right field steam boat, a ball that was absolutely crushed. It was an estimated 437 foot shot. 

Alonso became the first Met to hit 50 HRs in the history of the franchise. He is now one of two rookies to ever hit 50 or more HRs in the history of MLB.

The Mets added three more runs in the 9th inning. Brandon Nimmo singled, Jeff McNeil with his third hit of the night, doubled & advanced to third on a throwing error, as Nimmo scored. McNeil now has 73 RBIs.  

Alonso was walked & Juan Lagares singled bringing in McNeil. Wilson Ramos walked & Michael Conforto singled, breaking his slump bringing home Alonso with his 84th RBI of the year to make it 8-0.

Jacob deGrom has put himself in the front running for another Cy Young Award. Tonight he won his tenth game (10-8) lowered his league best ERA to 2.51 & now has a league best 248 strike outs. 

He has now won three in a row & pitched at least seven innings in his last six starts, while tossing 14 straight scoreless innings. 


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