Tommy Pham has been hitting the ball hard all year with very little to show for it. Today he dribbled a ball up the third-base line, one that Statcast had at 55.6 mph, the lowest exit velocity in the game. But what it lacked in sock was made up for in importance, as it drove in the go-ahead run in a 3-2 Mets victory Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. It gave the Mets back-to-back wins for the first time since San Francisco and a series win for the first time since they beat the Dodgers the series before that, on April 17-19.
For the second straight day, the Mets got a very strong pitching performance, this time from Tylor Megill. Not only was it strong but it was efficient, too. Even after running into some trouble in the sixth inning, Megill threw just 79 pitches. It looked like he could have gone another inning but Buck Showalter turned it over to his relievers.
Brooks Raley had a strong seventh inning, which prompted Showalter to go for the PPP. But the Rays foiled that by bringing in a pinch hitter, who promptly got a base hit. The Mets went to the pen and Jeff Brigham, who got an infield popup and a double play to end the inning. It was a nice rebound effort from Brigham, who allowed a homer and a walk in the previous day’s game.
David Robertson allowed a one-out double in the ninth inning but pitched around it for his eighth save of the year.
Pete Alonso homered in the fourth inning, his third straight game with a HR. Brett Baty drove in the Mets’ first run with an infield ground out in the first inning, one where the first baseman elected to get the sure out at first, rather than trying for an inning-ending double play. It was just the 10th run the Mets have scored in the first inning in 45 games this year.