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Friday, June 24, 2022

Jeff McNeill’s 3-run homer powers the Mets 8-2 win over the Phillips

Jeff McNeill stepped up to the plate at the bottom of the fourth inning with the runners on the corner and his team went down to one.

McNeil was the perfect candidate to try to get the Mets’ reliable hitter ever this season, at least Francisco Lindor, who was third. He did the better of Amazin’s two.

The left fielder crushed Phillips starter Zach Eflin’s 93 mph sinker and sent Coca-Cola straight into the corner. It was the perfect catalyst in the Mets’ final 8-2 win over the Phillies and their hapless defense.

“My job is to get that run out of third base,” McNeill said after the game, “don’t really care how, don’t care if it was actually a double play, just try to play the ball, play.” Try to tie. Kinda barreled at the ball, barreled it well and was happy to keep it fair.

It was also a welcome pick-up for Taijuan Walker, who struggled through the last two innings of his debut at Citi Field on Saturday. Walker ended his five-inning, 88-pitch effort with six hits, two walks and two earned runs on just one strike. It was still a quality introduced by Walker, especially since the last time he saw these Phillies – on May 5, he lit up his stat sheet, scoring seven runs, six, including two homers and two batters. Went in four shifts.

“It’s also tough, because this is my fourth time facing these guys,” Walker said after Saturday’s game. “He’s seen me a lot. Just swing and miss was not getting it.”

On Saturday, Walker loaded the bases in back-to-back singles in the fourth inning on a walk for Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos and Rhys Hoskins. The next single he dropped, this time to JT Realmuto, proved costly. Louis Guillaume made a valiant attempt to obtain a line drive that flew out of his reach, but by the time the ball made its way to Starling Marte in right field, Harper had already scored and Castellanos was only feet off the plate.

“I did not like [the outing]Walker said, explaining that he didn’t like that his pitch count went up so quickly and there were so many runners on base. Walker also stated that his execution was just off and that his fastball was not in command, especially highlighting his lack of curveballs and missing sliders.

The Phils took a 2-1 lead.

Walker was out of the innings and through the fifth without allowing more damage. But the Mets’ bats were always there.

“I told the boys to pick me up and that’s what they did,” Walker said.

Following the rocky top of the fourth walker was Lindor, who worked Eflin’s pitches for a walk on full count. Pete Alonso then smacked a single into the center field gap, electrifying an unsuspecting crowd as a steady curtain of rain swept across the stadium.

McNeil’s bomb was the cherry on top. He pointed to the crowd with his right hand as he walked around first base.

It was also McNeil’s second home run in five matches.

The hit parade continued into the fifth inning on Guillaume’s single, Marte’s double and then Lindor’s accidental triple – the shortstop hit one on the left field wall, but even with two men, Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera, chasing the ball, they both missed, it fell on the warning track and Lindor just kept running. He may have been caught at third base, but Alec Bohm’s throw was out of his reach and Lindor was able to slide safely. And babbling around, Guillorme and Marte scored, extending Lindor’s RBI streak to six games.

Alonso then hits a sacrificial flyout to score Lindor.

“From one to nine, everybody’s always doing something,” Walker said of this Mets offense, “whether it’s short ball, infield hit, long ball, doubles, stolen bases, whatever. .. I think we do the little things right.”

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