On Tuesday, the Mets defeated the Texas Rangers by a score of 5-4. They were led by an onslaught of home runs, and a strong outing by starter Chris Flexen. Flexen, who had not made it past three innings pitched yet, went 5.2 innings. Over that span, he was charged with three runs, while allowing four hits and striking out four. This was without a doubt his best major league start, and it came in his first home start. Once again though, Flexen had some command issues, evidenced by his three walks. With his first solid outing, Flexen lowered his season ERA to 8.49. It should have the opportunity to be lowered as the time goes on, and as Flexen continued.
It was an absolute slug-fest on the offensive side of the plate tonight, for both teams. Three different position players hit a home run off of the Rangers tonight. The bang started off in the bottom of the first, when Michael Conforto grooved a lazer over the wall to start the production. Two batters later, Yoenis Cespedes crushed a solo shot of his own. My Gut Reaction is that the home run will get Cespedes hot on the power spectrum. To complete the home run trifecta, d’Arnaud hit a two run shot in the second inning. The Mets would score their fifth and final run in the seventh, when Asdrubal Cabrera smacked a double to score Michael Conforto. Neil Walker had a single, and Flexen hit his first career double.
The bullpen was huge in the Mets 50th win of the season. Erik Goeddel and Jerry Blevins went a combined, scoreless 2.1 innings. A.J Ramos came into the ninth inning and earned his first save for the Mets, allowing a home run in his inning worked. The Mets will be looking to obtain their 51st win of the season tomorrow at 12:10, when Rafeal Montero takes the mound against the Rangers.