New York Mets cruise in series finale with Marlins to complete sweep, extend win streak to six

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Jul 31, 2022; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) celebrates with left fielder Mark Canha (19) after winning the game against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets completed a series sweep against the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon. Propelled by a season-best 19 hits, the Mets cruised to a 9-3 victory, one in which they dominated from the start. The win puts the Mets at 64-37 on the year, 27 games over .500. The Mets still have a three-game division lead over the Atlanta Braves.

Season-best 19 hits from Mets’ lineup

In this one, the bats of the Mets had arguably their best performance of the year. They had 19 hits. Every batter in the Mets order contributed at least one base hit in this game. It was headlined by Francisco Lindor, Jeff McNeil, and Mark Canha, who all had three-hit ball games. Two-hit games were all had by Pete Alonso, Daniel Vogelbach, Luis Guillorme, and Patrick Mazeika.

Brandon Nimmo and Canha both had two RBI games. Lindor, Alonso, McNeil, and Tyler Naquin all had one RBI in this one.

The order of the Mets was only struck out once in this game. No home runs were hit either, as they hit for contact all throughout the game. To put this type of outing together with a day off given to Starling Marte, who will be back tomorrow, was great for the Mets.

After his big three-hit game, Lindor now has his batting average up to .262 on the year. He also batted in his 70th run of the year. The RBI by Alonso was his 85th of the 2022 season. It keeps him second in baseball. Lastly, McNeil seems to have gotten out of his rough slump with five hits over these last two games.

Taijuan Walker’s up and down outing

Taijuan Walker got off to a relatively good start early. He went 5.2 innings throwing 101 pitches. Walker gave up seven hits, one of which was a home run and two walks. It led to three runs given up. Things got a little too close for comfort when he came out.

Walker had four strikeouts against the Marlins. The final few innings were not ideal. That being said, with his solid start to the game and the Mets’ big bats, it was enough for Walker to get the win. Walker is now 9-2 on the year with a 2.79 ERA. His nine wins rank him 14th in the MLB, and his 2.79 ERA places him 16th.

After things started to go downhill for Walker in the sixth inning, Tommy Hunter came in and got one needed out. Then, Stephen Nogosek came in and pitched two stellar, scoreless innings. He allowed two hits but had four strikeouts between the seventh and eighth inning. Yoan Lopez came in for the ninth. He gave up one walk. Nonetheless, Lopez got the three outs needed for the Mets to finish the division series on the road with a sweep.

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