Todd Frazier hit an unlikely two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Mets to a 7-3 win over the Giants Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. It was the third homer of the game for the Mets and it gave them their second rubber-game win in eight tries this season.
With the score tied at 3-3, Frazier semi-lunged at a pitch low and away and with a one-arm swing, hit the ball over the left field wall, an estimated 373 feet away. It certainly didn’t look like a homer when it left the bat and it left Gary Cohen shaking his head over the balls that leave the park this season.
The Mets jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, thanks to back-to-back homers by Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith to lead off the bottom of the first. But the Mets’ bats went cold after that and they did not score again until the seventh inning.
Staked to a 2-0 lead, Zack Wheeler was unable to make it stand up, as he was once again victimized by the gopher ball. He allowed just three hits but two of them were homers, including an upper deck blast by Pablo Sandoval.
New York trailed 3-2 going to the bottom of the seventh but tied the game in an inning that can best be described as … odd.
Juan Lagares led off with a walk, which is unusual enough. Then Tomas Nido, who already hit into a double play, was asked to bunt. After two unsuccessful attempts, he hit a ball deep into the hole which SS Brandon Crawford fielded and tried to get the lead runner. Lagares was in there easily so the Mets had two runners on base.
Jeff McNeil was in the on-deck circle to hit for Wheeler but he was called back for Carlos Gomez, allegedly a better bunter. Gomez popped one up with a hang time greater than some NFL punts but it landed safely because Sandoval might be the slowest guy in the league. Sandoval got Gomez at first but the Mets now had two in scoring position.
Callaway then used McNeil to hit for Rosario, which seemed a little unorthodox. But McNeil made Callaway’s move pay off by flaring a ball just over Crawford’s head for an RBI single, which still left runners on the corners. The Giants brought in a LHP to face Smith and Callaway went to his bench again. But instead of bringing in Wilson Ramos and his .352 AVG/.882 OPS with RISP, he went with J.D. Davis, who had .231/.769 marks in the same category. Davis grounded out to end the inning.