After sleepwalking through most of the game, the Mets put up five runs in the final two innings to pull out an improbable 7-4 win over the Rockies in Denver. The win gave the Mets the series and kept their scant playoff hopes alive. The Mets are now 39-23 in the second half, a 102-win pace over a full season.
After scoring their first two runs thanks to solo shots by Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso – his 49th of the season, a 448-foot blast – the Mets bunched together hits and walks to score their final five runs. Brandon Nimmo had an RBI single, Alonso added a bases-loaded walk (after nearly getting hit in the face with a pitch) and Seth Lugo, in his first PA of 2019, delivered a run-scoring single.
Before Lugo batted in the ninth, Mickey Callaway tried his best to put terror in every fan’s heart by having Edwin Diaz warm up in the pen and putting Joe Panik in the on-deck circle. Fortunately, neither of those players got into the game.
Lugo came on in the eighth inning, even with the Mets trailing by a run. He looked very sharp, even throwing some nice breaking balls in the thin air. He allowed just one hit and fanned three while earning his seventh win of the season.
With a two-run lead at home, the Rockies had an 87% Win Expectancy after the Mets went down in the seventh inning. It was a game the Mets seemed destined to lose. This win doesn’t make up for losing a six-run lead in the ninth inning against the Nationals – especially since the Nationals are really scuffling at this point and that game might prove to be a difference-maker – but it sure is nice to be on the winning end of a big late-inning comeback.