The Mets enjoyed a blowout in the first game, only to be unable to come up with any runs in the nightcap without a homer, as they split a pair with the Marlins Wednesday at Citi Field
The opening game saw the Mets hit three 2-run homers and tack on five runs without a long ball, as they notched an 11-2 victory. Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor and Mark Vientos each went deep. It was an especially good game for Alonso, who broke out of a slump with a four-hit game. He got one more time at the plate, looking for both a rare 5-hit game, one where if he hit a triple he would have had a cycle, too. Instead, he was hit by a pitch.
The beneficiary of all of the runs was Joey Lucchesi, who pitched six scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the seventh. He picked up the win to run his record to 4-0. Gary Cohen said that Lucchesi became the first pitcher in franchise history to make at least nine starts and not lose a game.
The second game was a different story, as the only two runs for the Mets came on two solo homers by Lindor, giving him three HR for the day and 30 for the season, giving him a 30-30 year. It’s an impressive feat, even in this year where stolen bases are much easier to come by.
Still the game was tied 2-2 until the ninth inning, when Adam Ottavino loaded the bases with no outs and ultimately allowed two runs for the 4-2 final.
Kodai Senga started the game but only went five innings. Yet he kept his season-long ERA under 3.00 and he had 8 Ks, giving him 202 for the year. Senga became just the second rookie pitcher for the Mets to reach 200 strikeouts in a season, joining Dwight Gooden, who fanned 276 batters back in 1984.