Five? Five? Yes, five. You read that right: the Mets scored five or more runs in a game for the first time since May 29 and that many in a win since the day before. It helped that Steven Matz had another good game and made ’em all stand up.
The Mets put three runs on the board in the second inning, when Wilmer Flores led off with a base hit to left. Brandon Nimmo pulled one to right. After Devin Mesoraco struck out, Michael Conforto — batting in the number seven hole — roped the first pitch he saw into the right field seats. They added one the next inning when Amed Rosario hit a double to deep center and crossed to third on Asdrubal Cabrera’s fly ball out. Todd Frazier walked and with Flores at the plate, Arizona starter Patrick Corbin uncorked a wild pitch and Rosario scampered home.
This is where things stayed until the sixth, with Matz and Corbin trading outs. In that sixth, the Mets and D-Backs traded runs. In the top half, Nimmo singled with one out and stole second. Mesoraco hit a blooper to medium right-center and the hustling Nimmo tried to score, but was gunned down on a terrific throw from centerfielder Chris Owings, with Mesoraco chugging to second. Conforto smashed a double off the right field fence. Welcome to 2018, Michael Conforto. In the bottom half, Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed led off with a triple and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s groundout.
Now all that was left was to see how far Matz could take it. The answer was two more outs. After singles by Deven Marrero and Daniel Descalso, he gave way to Robert Gsellman, who hit John Jay with a pitch — bringing the tying run to the plate — but got Ahmed to ground out to Cabrera. Gsellman struck out two in the eighth and Anthony Swarzak struck out the side in the ninth and the Mets had their second June victory, second win this week, as a matter of fact. Break ’em up!
Sunday’s Father’s Day finale will feature Zack Wheeler facing Clay Bucholz.