For a brilliant inning against an overwhelming opponent, a Mets lineup that has sputtered most of this season had all the answers.
It became a party, and when it concluded, a “10” had been stuffed into the sixth-inning scoring pillar. Call it a perfect 10.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso fired the cannon shots, two homers a total of seven runs that led the yards to a 13-4 sinking by the Pirates at Citi Field. The game endured a 41-minute rain delay, with the Mets hitting in the eighth inning and leading by 10 runs.
Lindor was read with the Mets’ first grand slam of the season in the sixth, drawing an inning that only ended after 13 hits had hit the plate. Alonso̵
The Mets went into the night of the 29th in the MLB by scoring 3.65 runs per game. Fight – The Pirates were the only team behind them – but with Brandon Nimmo’s return on top of the lineup last week, they have proved more formidable.
Nimmo reached base twice in the sixth inning alone and three times overall as part of the attack. Jonathan Villar beat two homers to become the 10th player in franchise history to go deep from both sides of the plate in the same game.
Most of the damage occurred against the Pirates starter JT Brubaker and reliever Sam Howard, who combined to surrender 11 of the race. After Dominic Smith’s RBI single in the sixth put the Mets ahead 3-2, Alonso brought three more runs by clearing the fence in the center right of his 16th homer of the season.
But that was hardly the end of it. After the Mets had left the bases at once and twice, Jose Peraza was hit by a pitch and Nimmo went on to extend the lead to 8-2. Lindor followed with an opposite field grand slam to the left center.
The Mets (46-38) won for the fifth time in seven games, and their scoring total was a short of their season high, a 1-4 route by the Orioles on June 9th. Over the next two days, the Mets and Pirates play three games to close out the first half.
In his most shaky home start of the season, Taijuan Walker allowed two earned runs on four hits with three times over five innings. It followed an outing at Yankee Stadium, where Walker took a no-hitter into the sixth before handing over a homer to Aaron Judge.
Walker plunked Michael Perez in the second half to force a run, but then pulled off a big run by knocking Jared Oliva out and getting the pitcher, Brubaker, to hit for a double play. John Nogowski’s double, surrounded by two walks, loaded the bases with no one out.
Adam Frazier delivered an RBI single against Walker in the fifth, tying it at 2-2. Oliva doubled and stole third before Brubaker went with one out. The lead-off hitter, Frazier, further showed why he is such a hot item that goes against the trade deadline and which leads to a single right field for the race. Frazier began the night with a .326 / .396 / .461 slash.
Villar met leaders out of the third to get the Mets their first run. James McCann jumped a single with one out and scored on Nimmos’ double to the right-center. Nimmo started the night with a .864 OPS since returning from the injured list last weekend.