An Independence Day spent across the Canadian border yielded a victory for the New York Mets, as they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3.
Once again, the Mets offense put up a six spot on the starter for the Blue Jays. This time, it was the struggling ace Marcus Stroman that yielded the runs to the Mets. After allowing a run scoring single to Brandon Nimmo in the top of the third inning, it took the Mets until the fifth inning to completely unravel Stroman. During that inning, five runs would cross the plate for the Mets. The biggest blast came off the bat of Todd Frazier, who started things off in the fifth inning with a two-run blast. To pair with the home run, Frazier also had a fantastic night at the hot corner. Today, Frazier flashed the leather in a bounty of ways that proved he could really handle the position well.
Following the blast, Jose Bautista, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Michael Conforto each contributed an RBI single to the inning, making the score 6-2. The Mets displayed tonight what the offense could have been this season if they each contributed like they did tonight. My Gut Reaction is that tonight will spark some offensive momentum for the Mets, and the team will start to hit better as a unit.
On the mound to start for the Mets was Corey Oswalt, who produced a much better outing than his last time on the mound. Although he was given a short leash of only four innings and 65 pitches, Oswalt made the most of his time. Oswalt was effective, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out two.
With Oswalt going so short, it was obvious going into the night that Seth Lugo would see significant time on the mound. He pitched three strong innings for the team, allowing one run on 37 pitches, striking out two. From there, the combination of Jerry Blevins, Robert Gsellman, and Jeurys Familia combined to throw two innings of scoreless relief.
Following the win, the Mets improve to 34-49 on the season. After an off day tomorrow, the Mets will start a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field. On Friday, it will be Jacob deGrom taking the mound against Ryne Stanek at 7:10 pm.