The New York Mets finally got to play at Citi Field in front of a crowd this afternoon against the Miami Marlins. The pitching matchup was newly acquired Taijuan Walker for the Mets, and rookie right hander Nick Neidert for the Marlins.
The game started off pretty slow, as it took till the bottom of the 5th inning to get a run on the board, which came by way of a Dom Smith sac fly. The Mets were getting runners on base, but couldn’t capitalize, which is something they have been struggling with lately. They left a total of 11 runners on base throughout the whole game.
The Marlins struck back immediately in the next inning, scoring 2 runs in the top of the 6th. Walker was pitching a shut out until Corey Dickerson doubled to deep left, driving in a run in the process. Jesus Aguilar stepped up big with two outs, driving in Dickerson who was on third base waiting for his chance to score.
There was no more scoring until the bottom of the 9th, where the Mets came into the inning trailing 2-1. Jeff McNeil steps into this at bat without a hit on the season. He picked a great time for his first hit, blasting a solo home-run to tie it up at 2. Luis Guillorme and Brandon Nimmo both reached base on hits. It was a picture perfect set up for newcomer Francisco Lindor to have his first huge Mets moment.
The Marlins foresaw a disaster and decided to intentionally walk him. Coming up to the plate is Michael Conforto, who is struggling mightily thus far, hitting only 3 for 15 on the season. Here’s where it got crazy. Conforto is behind in the count 1-2. On what was the last pitch of the game, a slider seemed to strike out Conforto, but the umpire quickly changed his call from a strike out to a hit by pitch. This was a very controversial call, as it certainly was a strike, but also did hit Conforto. The replay showed Confroto slightly leaning into the ball to ensure he got hit. After the review, the umpire decided to stick with his original call and the Mets won via walk off hit-by-pitch.
Although the ending of this game wasn’t really ideal for any fan of baseball, a win is still a win and we’ve seen crazier things happen in baseball. The Mets improve to 2-2 on the season after this win and look to repeat the same result, as they take on the Marlins on Saturday at 1:10 pm.
On the mound for New York will be Jacob deGrom who will take on Trevor Rogers. DeGrom will look to continue his success against the Marlins, who he has defeated more often than any other MLB team. Rogers, meanwhile returns to the place where he made his MLB Debut for the Marlins.
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