Pete Alonso drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies Friday night in the first of a three-game series in Citi Field. The Mets have won five of their last seven games, with three of those coming against the Phillies. New York and Philadelphia now hold identical 72-68 records.
The game-winning rally started with two outs. After Amed Rosario and Brandon Nimmo failed to do damage against changeups that caught a lot of the plate, Juan Lagares drilled a hard single when faced with the same pitch and same location. J.D. Davis hit a better change for a single to put runners on the corners. After a pitching change, Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count to load the bases for Alonso.
Of course the game didn’t seem like it was heading to the bottom of the ninth, as the Mets scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to give them a 4-2 lead. With Seth Lugo seemingly unavailable, the Mets turned to Edwin Diaz to close out the game. Diaz threw some really good pitches, both fastballs and sliders, but hung a slider that was ripped by J.T. Realmuto for a game-tying two-run homer.
Aside from the dramatic ninth inning comeback after the Diaz meltdown, perhaps the nicest thing was the performance of Brad Brach who threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief. With Diaz and Jeurys Familia being so unreliable, it would be extremely helpful for Brach to add a third decent reliever to Lugo and Justin Wilson.