VIDEO: New York Mets Manager Luis Rojas along with stars Robert Gsellman, J.D. Davis, Pete Alonso, and Edwin Diaz share their thoughts after the team’s emotional 9-7 Extra Inning Victory over the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball action on 9/3
There was a ton of emotions surrounding the New York Mets (17-21) as the franchise as a whole mourned the loss of Tom Seaver. ‘Tom Terrific’ was known as someone who gave it his all on the mound for the franchise, and the franchise echoed that play in a 9-7 victory over the New York Yankees (20-16) in Major League Baseball action on Thursday.
Most of this edition of the Mets had to learn how ‘The Franchise’ played and walked onto the field with dirt on their knees, in honor of the way that Seaver pitched. The Mets gave it their all grinding this one game to 10 Innings.
The boys in Orange and Blue were able to see their offense come to life during the course of the game, starting in the bottom of the Second Inning, when Todd Frazier lifted a solo shot to left field. Offensive momentum continued in the bottom of the Fourth Inning, when the Mets were able to see some clutch hits from Jake Marisnick, Amed Rosario and Jeff McNeil.
It was in the top of the Seventh Inning that the New York Yankees bats were able to find some key hits. In was in that frame that Gio Urshela and Brett Gardner helped to give the Bronx Bombers a 6-4 lead. Aaron Hicks lifted in RBI single in the top of the Eighth to add on to that score.
The Mets offense fought back thanks to huge hits from Rosario in the bottom of the Eighth Inning, and a homer from J.D. Davis in the bottom of the Ninth that tied the game. That set the stage for one Pete Alonso, who has been struggling thus far this season.
Alonso who was in a 1-for-19 funk, has been seeing his batting average drop to .203, has just been looking for that one key hit to help get his season going. The at-bat that he had in the bottom of the 10th inning, where he took a 95 mph fastball and lifted it to left field for his first career walk-off homer will be the hit that he needs to jump start his season.
Emotions are going to continue to stay high for the Mets as they take on their National League Rivals the Philadelphia Phillies for a four-game series starting on Friday. Taking the mound for the first game will be Rick Porcello (1-4, 6.00 ERA) who will take on Phillies starter Jake Arrieta (2-4, 6.49 ERA). For Porcello, this season has been a struggle as the righty has thrown two quality starts in seven outings. One of the biggest issues for Rick has been the fact that opposing teams has been able to make hard contact off of him, as opposing batters hold a .321 average against him.
Arrieta, meanwhile is hoping to rebound from his last start against the Atlanta Braves, where he gave up seven runs on six hits in 1.1 inning. There are several Mets who have hit well against the Phillies righty, like Dominic Smith who holds a .571 average.
The game between the Mets and the Phillies is set to air on the SNY Network, with First Pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
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