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Final Score: Mets 2, Phillies 1—Aaron Nola ties history, but Mets win game

The Mets made a dramatic comeback against the Phillies to win game one.

MLB: Game One-Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Nola had himself quite a day in the first game of today’s doubleheader, but the Mets made a dramatic comeback in the seventh inning before winning it in extra innings on a walk-off single by Dominic Smith.

The game was quickly established as both a memorable and historic one, as Nola tied Tom Seaver’s record of consecutive strikeout record by punching ten straight Mets batters between the first and fourth innings. While he was not able to surpass Seaver’s record, he did end the day with a whopping twelve strikeouts over 5.1 scoreless innings. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also the major catalyst for the Phillies with the bats, getting two booming hits against Taijuan Walker (who otherwise had a very impressive start, giving up one run and striking out five in five innings). The second of those hits was a run-scoring double in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference maker.

But while the Mets were hapless against Nola for most of the day and failed to come through in a few different situations with runners in scoring position, they finally came though against Jose Alvarado in the bottom of the seventh (thanks in part to a fielding misplay by Alvarado which put a leadoff runner at second base). With just one out remaining, Francisco Lindor hit an RBI single to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Following a scoreless inning by Seth Lugo, the Mets came up with chance to win in the bottom of the eighth, and after a leadoff intentional walk to Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith (after showing bunt on the first couple pitches) smacked a single to center to give the Mets the dramatic victory in the first game of the doubleheader.

Full recap to follow.

GameThread Roll Call

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  1. MetsFan4Decades: 146
  2. LaRomaBella: 82
  3. JR and the Off-Balance Shots: 69
  4. Knurk: 66
  5. deegie: 55
  6. AnneInFlushing: 44
  7. wilwilco: 38
  8. doctor prancer: 33
  9. Banksymet: 33
  10. CAMikey: 26