Who said the little ball was dead? Because the Mets continue to challenge the modern offensive approach to continue delivering positive results.
Runs from a base-loaded walk, two sacrificial flies and a wild pitch — with three RBIs belonging to Eduardo Escobar — led New York (45-24) to a 6-0 win over the Marlins Miami Monday afternoon at Citi Field to take three of four games in their series. They have now won 16 of 22 series this season.
The less than traditional production was more than enough for David Peterson, who had one of his best starts of the season going 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing six hits with seven strikeouts – a shutout effort which was seen by Adam Ottavino, Drew Smith and Yoan Lopez.
In their first 69 games, they’ve now posted 11 shutouts, tying the Yankees the most in Major League Baseball.
The Mets had the opportunity to open it early when they charged the bases with no outs. They would have to settle for just one though, as a walk from Mark Canha scored the first inning of the game.
Pete Alonso and JD Davis hit before Jeff McNeil lined up on the left.
Peterson found his own trouble in the top of the second when he put runners up first and third, but two straight strikeouts got him out of trouble quickly.
He allowed the first two men to enter the third before dropping back down, retiring three in a row to keep Miami off the board.
The Mets gave him a little more confidence in the fourth after Eduardo Escobar’s sacrificial short volley scored Davis, who went third on a Jeff McNeil double that was practically wrapped on him by a team of Changing Marlin who left the left side of the infield. gaping.
McNeil, who moved up to third on Escobar’s volley, headed home after a wild pitch that was blocked by Marlins catcher Jacob Stallings saw starting pitcher Trevor Rogers slowly break to cover home plate. Upon further examination, however, McNeil’s freewheeling was due to him getting injured, forcing him out of the game. Luis Guillorme replaced him at second base.
Alonso was able to land his 64th MLB-leading RBI with a fifth-inning sacrificial fly to give the Mets a four-place finish, which was more than enough for Peterson’s solid day.
While the southpaw allowed a single and a one-out walk in the sixth, ultimately ending his day, his line remained clean thanks to reliever Adam Ottavino persuading a late-inning double play.
Escobar put it beyond doubt in the bottom of the eighth, shortly after JD Davis was hand-dived to become the Met’s 50th batter hit by a pitch this season, with a two-run single in the middle who broke an 0-for-23 skid to the plate.