New York Mets: Alonso’s Bat, Conforto’s Glove Lead to 7-6 Comeback Win

Jul 14, 2019; Miami, FL, USA; New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) celebrates his home run against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets just won the game that could change their season dramatically. After the Mets pitching struggled to slow down the Baltimore Orioles, a Michael Conforto catch of the season turned the game around. The Mets rode that momentum to a 7-6 victory.

The catch was one of the best made by an outfielder over the last decade. Also, the situation was a game-changing moment; the bases were loaded with the Mets trailing by one in the bottom of the sixth inning. The ball struck by Rio Ruiz was destined to land for a three-run double to bury the Mets. It would not have just buried their hopes to win tonight but to make a postseason push.

In the half-inning prior, Conforto’s homer and Robinson Cano‘s RBI single put the Mets in a position where one swing would tie the game. Andres Gimenez kept the momentum rolling as his opposite-field home run tied the game. Most impressively is that the homer came off a left-handed pitcher.

Keep On Fighting

In the eighth inning, Jeurys Familia battled out of a first and third jam to keep the game tied. It gave Pete Alonso the chance to give the Mets a 7-6 lead with a home run over the right-center field fence. The home run was reminiscent of the 53 home runs he peppered all over the field during 2019.

With the late dramatics, Jeff McNeil‘s great start to the game goes overlooked. He drove in the first run then hit a two-run homer for his fourth consecutive game with a homer. This was his first that was hit to the opposite field.

On the pitching side, Rick Porcello put the Mets in an early 5-1 hole. Those five runs were allowed in four innings pitched, and he also allowed ten hits. Porcello could not keep the ball out of the middle of the plate against an aggressive Orioles offense. It was another start that proved the Mets have nothing behind the arms of Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo.

After a day off on Thursday, the Mets face the Toronto (Buffalo) Blue Jays in their minor league field upstate. Jacob deGrom makes a start against Chase Anderson, the first pitch is at 6:37 p.m. ET.