Jul 14, 2021

Highlights of the Mets First Half of 2021- Mets Take First Two Of the Subway Series With A Six Run Rally

 Sunday July 4th, 2021: In this, the first game of an Independence Day, day/night
double header (a make up for Friday's rainout) 42,714 came out to see the second game of this years version of the subway series. 

The Subway Series, has certainly lost its excitement from the early years of  action, but was a thrill to a new generation of fans non the less. Today, two top pitchers went at it, as Aaron Boone sent Gerrit Cole to the mound to face the Mets Marcus Stroman. 

The Mets had taken the first game of the series on Saturday,  as Taijuan Walker pitched into the 6th inning, allowing two runs & Drew Smith closed it out with two scoreless in the Mets 8-3 win. 

Dom Smith led the offense with three hits & three RBIs. Kevin Pillar added two RBIs, James McCaan one RBI & Francisco Lindor an RBI with two hits. 

Jeff MNeil & Jose Peraza also had
two hits each in the Mets 14 hit attack.

The AL New York team was struggling to stay at .500, after todays loss they would have lost seven of eight games, have their record fall to 41-41 & drop ten full games behind the Boston Red Sox who had swept them a week earlier.


The Mets were in first place since early May, but had a rough week going 5-5 in their last ten games, but were still holding a 3.5 game lead in the N.L. East.

In the top of the 1st inning, Dom Smith with a two out, solo HR off Cole to make it a 1-0 Met lead. It was Smith's 9th HR of the season

But Stroman, had a rough 2nd inning, first allowing a base hit, then having Gio Urshela reach base on a Francisco Lindor error. Stroman then hit Bret Gardner with a pitch to load the bases. 

Kyle Higashioka doubled, scoring
two runs. Then Tim Locastro, who had just recently been acquired, hit a sac fly to score the third run (unearned).

In the 3rd, back to back singles, followed by a Giancarlo Stanton grounder scored another run, making it 4-1.

The AL New Yorkers, expected to coast with their top pitcher, Cole on the mound. But in the 4th, the first place Mets struck. Michael Conforto walked & Jeff McNeil singled. Cole then walked Billy McKinney to load the bases with no one out. Catcher, Tomas Nido then singled to score Conforto. 

After Luis Guillorme struck out, Brandon Nimmo singled to right field, bringing in McNeil & knocking Cole out of the game.

Francisco Lindor then tied the game
with a base hit off reliever, Jonathan Loaisiga. 

In the home 5th, Stroman gave up back to back singles, then threw a wild pitch putting the A.L. team up 5-4. The score stayed that way until the 7th inning, which was the last inning of this Saturday doubleheader. 


Aroldis Chapman too the mound for the A.L. New Yorkers & immediately gave up a long HR to Pete Alonso to tie the game. It was his first of two HRs in the twin bill, his third HR in the last six games & #14 on the season.

Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch & Jeff McNeil walked as Chapman was wild & in trouble. He was taken out of the game with another blown save. Kevin Pillar hit an infield single to short, to load the bases.

With one out, Jose Peraza doubled
scoring Conforto & McNeil. Brandon Nimmo & Francisco Lindor both followed with base hits, thrilling the Mets fans in attendance, giving the eta a 10-5 lead.

Seth Lugo came on & retired the side in order, sealing the Mets exciting win.

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