2018 Season

Late-inning offensive surge powers Mets to seventh straight win

Early in this season, it seems like the Mets always find a way to win, it has been the case once again tonight. The Mets were able to come back from a 6-4 deficit at the beginning of the eighth inning and put up four unanswered runs to win their seventh straight game, and cement this 9-1 run as the best 10-game start in Mets history.

Before the bottom of the fifth inning with the Mets leading 3-0, this game had the makings of yet another swift and easy victory for the Mets until a Derek Dietrich single which appeared to be a foul ball snowballed into a fifth inning rally for the Marlins where they scored four runs to take the lead.

A very reliable Mets offense was able to answer with a tying run in the top half of the sixth inning, thanks to some aggressive baserunning by Todd Frazier which allowed him to score on a sacrifice fly. The Mets were unable to maintain that lead for long, as Justin Bour hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to put the Marlins in front, 6-4.

If the Mets found themselves behind this late in a game last year, they would flounder under pressure, but this 2018 squad has been resilient. Wilmer Flores hit a home run to trim the lead in half on the second pitch he faced in the eighth inning, and just two at-bats later, Asdrubal Cabrera was able to knot the game up on a moonshot hit into the upper deck in right field. Hansel Robles was able to keep the Marlins scoreless in a very tight relief appearance after the eighth inning. Then Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run triple to break the 6-6 tie. Jeurys Familia was able to close the door for his sixth save of the year.

Despite the fact the bullpen had to be looked upon to perform in a high-leverage situation for the umpteenth time, the bullpen was able to shut the door. Hansel Robles worked through a critical eighth inning, getting two outs with the tie-breaking run in scoring position. Jeurys Familia had an atypical save opportunity where he was able to close the game without giving Mets fans heart palpitations.

Most importantly, hitters like Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera pulled the Mets, kicking and screaming, to victory with some very clutch hits. Cabrera was able to draw a 3-0 count, and drill a Kyle Barraclough fastball into the second deck in the eighth inning to tie the game while Yoenis Cespedes, who has been in a hitting slump from flu-like symptoms, was able to hit a line drive triple that scored Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto in the ninth inning.

Tom’s Player of the Game: Yoenis Cespedes (1 for 5, 2 RBI, 3K)

I would be lying by saying Yoenis Cespedes didn’t have a subpar game outside of his clutch 9th inning hit, he struck out three times and remained hitless in his first four at-bats. However, he was able to propel the Mets to victory with a well-hit ground ball to left that scored two runs, and he was able to leg out a triple, while suffering from flu-like symptoms which has left him extremely sore and fatigued. His game-winning hit definitely makes up for his dreadful start to the game.

Photo Credit: Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

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