After driving in all three runs in Tuesday’s win, Todd Frazier belted two home runs Wednesday to lead the Mets to a 9-0 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday night. The Mets’ victory gave them the series win and they’ll go for the sweep Thursday afternoon. They also jumped ahead of the D’Backs in the race for the Wild Card.
Perhaps the key play of the game came in the first inning. With one run in and two outs with a runner on third base, J.D. Davis hit a fly that looked like it would end the inning. But the left fielder pulled up, the ball dropped and a run scored. And the Mets would tack on three more runs after that in the inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Frazier and a solo shot by Brandon Nimmo.
Frazier’s homer was over the great wall of Flushing, an estimated 406 feet. He also homered in the third inning, an opposite field blast to right. The two HR give Frazier 20 homers on the season.
Steven Matz was the recipient of the early offensive outburst. Perhaps due to the lengthy first inning, Matz struggled in the second. He loaded the bases with no outs but got out of it without any damage thanks to a strikeout and a double play ball. Matz finished with six shutout innings, lowered his ERA to 3.84 and raised his home record to 7-1.
Jeff McNeil also had a big day with three hits, including two homers into the upper deck in right field. McNeil now has 20 HR on the season, too.
With the win, the Mets upped their record to 35-20 here in the second half. They’re now 8-4 since the disastrous back-to-back sweeps by the Braves and the Cubs, with all 12 of those games coming against Wild Card contenders.