The Mets completed a three-game road sweep with an 8-2 victory over the fellow 2017 disappointment San Francisco Giants. And the win came courtesy of two very unlikely heroes – Rafael Montero who pitched nearly six solid innings, and backup catcher catcher Rene Rivera who slugged not one, but two home runs.
Montero went 5.2 innings, allowing just one run while striking out seven. It was easily his best outing of the season. The bullpen took it from there, allowing just one run in an ugly eighth inning that easily could have been worse. Aside from Rivera’s two home runs, the Mets also got offensive contributions from all over. Curtis Granderson, Asdrubal Cabrera, Jay Bruce, Wilmer Flores, Lucas Duda, T.J. Rivera and Rene Rivera each contributed two hits apiece. Among them were home runs by Bruce and Granderson, and doubles by Flores and Duda. Fueled by 14 hits, seven walks two hit batters, and a Giants error, the Mets easily could have scored twice as many runs had they not left so many on base. But thanks to Montero and the bullpen, eight was enough.
Chasen Bradford made his Mets debut with a scoreless ninth inning in mop-up duty.
The only blemish on this series sweep afternoon was an apparent injury to Michael Conforto who had to exit the game after being hit by a pitch on the hand. Stay tuned for the x-rays.
The Mets have the day off tomorrow and will resume this easy stretch of schedule on Tuesday with a pair of three-game series against the Marlins and then Phillies. Let’s go Mets!