After just sailing along for five innings, the Mets’ offense exploded for ten runs in the sixth inning en route to a 13-4 walloping of the Pirates at Citi Field. Francisco Lindor’s grand slam was the pièce de résistance of that inning, but almost the entire offense contributed to the victory.
Pete Alonso crushed a three-run home run earlier in that same inning, and Jonathan Villar hit bombs from both sides of the plate throughout the course of the game. However, some of the damage was self-inflicted by Pittsburgh pitching when they both hit and walked a batter with the bases loaded.
As for the Mets’ pitching, Taijuan Walker got the start and was not himself. He struggled with his control for five innings and was lucky to escape having given up just two runs. The game was tied at 2-2 before the Mets kicked it in gear in that sixth inning. After getting up big, Nick Tropeano came in to make his Mets’ debut and was a bit shaky in two innings of work. He gave up one run and was mound when the rains came. The game officially went into a delay with one out in the bottom of the eighth before being resumed 41 minutes later.
Yennsy Diaz had a bit of trouble ending the game in the ninth but he finally shut the door to give the Mets a victory in the series opener.
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