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The Mets snapped their three-game losing streak in a big way, as they amassed 23 hits as a team in a 10-8 victory over the Braves. Pete Alonso went 5-for-5 with six RBIs and Amed Rosario went 5-for-6 with four runs scored, making them the first pair of teammates in franchise history to each collect five hits in a single game. Marcus Stroman earned his first win as a Met, going 5 1⁄3 innings and giving up four hits, two earned runs, and four walks. The Mets would have coasted to an easy win if not for Drew Gagnon’s ugly outing in which he gave up five runs and four home runs over 1 2⁄3 innings. Edwin Diaz was forced to come in and record the final out, earning his 25th save of the season.
Alonso and Rosario’s five hits apiece were not the only historic Mets feat in last night’s game. Pete Alonso also blasted his 39th home run in the first inning, tying Cody Bellinger for the most home runs in a single season by a National League rookie.
Mickey Callaway defended Drew Gagnon after the game last night, saying he did a “great job” of saving the rest of the bullpen.
This is the second day in a row that Mickey Callaway has made some confusing choices. Tim Britton of The Athletic took a deep dive into Mickey Callaway’s puzzling decision to go with Seth Lugo in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game.
Many were critical of the move, including Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, who tagged Wednesday’s loss on Callaway.
The backlash was even worse when Callaway doubled down on his decision and also said, “I bet 85% of our decisions go against the analytics,” which raised many eyebrows, including those of Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News.
Thosar also wonders if it might be time to send Edwin Diaz to the minor leagues to tweak his mechanics and improve his confidence.
Speaking of tweaks, the Mets are working with Pete Alonso on ranging too far to his right for ground balls, which is a miscue that has hurt the Mets multiple times of late.
Mets VP of of international and amateur scouting, Tommy Tanous, has an 11-year-old son who will be playing in the Little League World Series.
Around the National League East
The Phillies claimed righty Jared Hughes off waivers.
In what is pretty ironic timing, Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated wrote a column about Juan Soto and how the Nationals aren’t exactly missing Bryce Harper because they have the 20-year-old phenom.
Even though the Nationals have won seven of their last nine, fans are still reeling from their two brutal losses against the Mets. But they should not despair, writes Mark Zuckerman of MASN.
Of course, the other big story from last night’s game from the Braves’ perspective was the amazing catch by Ronald Acuna Jr. that robbed J.D. Davis of a home run.
Derek Jeter is considering moving the fences in at Marlins Park.
Around Major League Baseball
Although the haplessness of the Orioles has been covered extensively, in part due to their play against the Yankees, not as many people are writing about the Detroit Tigers, who have 50.2% of their plate appearances to players with less than a 90 wRC+ and have an even worse record than the Orioles.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
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This Date in Mets History
Forget 23 hits. How about 23 runs? The Mets beat the Cubs 23-10 on this date in 1987.