Remembering Mets History (2024) Mets Sweep Subway Series at Citi Field Scoring 21 Runs with 24 Hits

  2024 Subway Series SweepNYM: by J-Maz (the Giant) edited by centerfieldmaz 

The first half of the subway series just concluded & the Grimace magic continues to prove effective for the Miracle Mets.

The A.L. New York team arrived at Citi Field with two straight series losses to the Baltimore Orioles & Atlanta Braves. The Mets came home after winning their last two series against the former World Series champion Texas Rangers & Chicago Cubs.

Before the game the Mets paid tribute to Willie Mays who passed away earlier that week. Willie's son Michale threw out the ceremonial first pitch with former Met Cleon Jones on hand with other guests as well.

Tuesday June 25th: The opening crosstown matchup saw the Mets David Peterson coming off a great start in Texas go up against Gerrit Cole. He was starting for the second time since returning from injury. 

The game saw both teams loading the bases in the 1st inning. The AL New York team left those runners stranded. However, the Mets cashed one of those runs with a Tyrone Taylor single. 

In the bottom of the 2nd inning, Mark Vientos & Harrison Bader hit solo HRs off Cole to increase the Mets lead to 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the 4th Mark Vientos & Brandon Nimmo both homered with the third & fourth Mets HRs of the game off Cole to make it 6-0. For Nimmo's it was a two-run shot for his 12th HR of the season, third most on the club.

In the bottom of the 6th, Jeff McNeil led off with a base hit & stole second. Harrison Bader then singled & stole second as well. Brandon Nimmo then hit a grounder to second that Gleyber Torres made an error on allowing McNeil to score. JD Martinez followed with an RBI double & Pete Alonso's sac fly made it a 9-1 Mets lead.

The AL New York got a 5th inning solo HR from Juan Soto. In the 7th Aaron Judge drove in a run with an RBI double. In the 8th inning down 9-1, with the bases loaded Aaron Judge stepped to the plate & hit a grand slam off Reed Garrett. It was now a 9-7 game.

With Edwin Diaz suspended for having a foreign substance on his glove the other night, Reed Garrett closed out the game as the Mets went on to a 9-7 win.

Gerrit Cole was hit for six runs on seven hits, including four HRs. He fell to 0-2 on the season. His ERA was now at an even 9.00 in one of the worst losses of his career. 

For the Mets David Peterson allowed just one run on three hits in 4.1 innings, allowing three hits. He struck out a season high eight batters although he walked five. Dedniel Nunez records the win for the Mets and goes to a 1-0 record with a 2.53 ERA. 

Wednesday June 26th: In Game Two it was Sean Manaea (4-3) for the Mets against Luis Gil (8-3) but tonight it was all Queens! In the bottom of the 3rd, the Mets got to Gil as Francisco Lindor led off with a double, then Brandon Nimmo walked. Lindor had two doubles on the night giving him 23 for the season.

The Hot hitting J.D. Martinez. singled to right field scoring Lindor. It was his 20th RBI of the month & the third straight game he drove in a run as he improved his batting average to .287 for the season.

In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Francisco Alvarez blasted a two-run HR towards the bullpen to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. Since his return from the IL on June 11th, he is batting .415 with 3 HRs & 11 RBIs.

In the bottom of the 5th, the Mets knocked out Gil & sent nine men to the plate scoring four runs. Gil was the losing pitcher giving up five runs on four hits, four walks & a HR.

In the inning, Brandon Nimmo & Pete Alonso both walked. Caleb Ferguson was brought in & quickly was greeted with a Francisco Alvarez RBI double. Yoendry's Gomez came in to pitch & walked Tyrone Taylor then Mark Vientos bringing in a run. Jeff McNeil lined out to right field, he easily scored on Juan Soto. 

Next Soto playing shallow was beat over his head, as Harrison Bader's fly ball bounced on the warning track scoring Taylor making it a 7-0 game. 

Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez noted that the positioning & outfield play of Soto was a liability.

Following all the scoring, a thunderstorm swept over Flushing and delayed the game for about an hour. However, the delay did not stop the chaotic fun that has arrived due to Grimace! 

A fan wearing a Grimace costume took towards the Shea Bridge in right-center field and commanded the attention of everyone on that side of the ballpark. Chugging beers and being worshiped by the Flushing Faithful as well as the other teams' fans as all joined in the fun! 

SNY: Best Booth in Baseball: Before the series, SNY advertised their broadcast by saying "enjoy the subway series with the best booth in baseball". AL New York announcer took offense, since he must not agree with all the praise the SNY guys get around the league. He said he likes his announcing team better. 

During the Wednesday night rain delay Kay posted "wow this is the best rain in baseball". The next night, the Mets responded, when Gary Cohen said he met one of the AL teams broadcasters for the first time as he came by to say hello. Ron Darling asked, "How does he feel about our show?" Keith Hernandez added "I heard it was the best rain in MLB". 

When the game resumed, Aaron Judge struck for the second night in a row with a two-run homer to left field, making it 7-2. These were the only runs the AL team put on the board. The Mets would turn three double plays on the night as well.

In the bottom of the 6th, with two on, Tyrone Taylor called the game with a three-run shot, making the score 10-2. Following that, Harrison Bader got more revenge against his former team with another HR, as he now homered in back-to-back games driving in three runs giving him 30 RBIs on the season. That made the game 11-2. 

In the 8th, singles by Pete Alonso, Luis Torrens & Mark Vientos made it 12-2 as the Mets swept the two-game series. 

The Winning pitcher of record was Sean Manaea as he went to 5-3 with a 3.89 ERA.

In the two games they pounded the AL New York's team pitching staff for 21 runs & 24 hits. The Mets got back to .500 having an incredible June going 15-4 thru this series.


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