For the second straight game, the New York Mets used an eighth inning offensive outburst to overcome a deficit and pull off a come-from-behind victory. This time, the team benefited from a three-run eighth to defeat the New York Yankees 4-2 in the first game of the series.
Zack Wheeler’s second start against the Yankees in 2019 went considerably better than his first, as he lasted 6.1 innings this time around while allowing two earned runs on five hits. He only really ran into trouble in the ninth, when he allowed three straight singles to start the inning. With his team now behind by a run, a perfectly-placed bunt by James Paxton allowed Edwin Encarnacion to score from third for the Yankees’ second run of the inning. From there, Wheeler retired 16 of the next 18 batters he faced and finished the night after 116 pitches.
The offense, meanwhile, was in a deep sleep throughout much of the first half of the game and appeared disinterested in awakening. After getting shut out through the first five frames, the offense finally put one on the board in the sixth thanks to a JD Davis solo home run to close the gap.
The offense finally broke through in the eighth with three runs to take the lead. Davis drove a double to center to bring Pete Alonso home and tie the game at two runs apiece. After loading the bases, Michael Conforto, who had hit into two double plays already in the game, flipped the script and drove a two-run double to left field against Zach Britton to give the Mets their first lead of the game.
Edwin Diaz danced around minimal danger in the ninth to record his 18th save of the season. The win gave the team two straight victories after they had lost their previous seven.
Full recap to follow.
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