Thursday, December 9 2021
Michael Conforto swing follow-through home blue uniform

Michael Conforto swing follow-through home blue uniform

In their final game of the season at Citi Field, the Mets pulled away for a 12-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.

Here are some key takeaways …

Pete Alonso hadn’t homered in eight days, but he erased all of that in the bottom of the second inning against Edward Cabrera, going down and lining a solo home run just over the orange line in left field. Alonso’s 36th homer of the season put the Mets up 1-0.

– Making his final start of the season, Rich Hill held the Marlins scoreless through the first two innings, but after Alonso put the Mets in front, the Marlins answered right back in the top of the third. After Hill got the first two outs via the strikeout, he walked Jazz Chisholm Jr. before Lewis Brinson demolished a two-run homer to left, putting Miami up 2-1.

– Playing in what could potentially be his final game as a Met at Citi Field, Michael Conforto tied things up in the bottom of the third. With two men on and two outs, Conforto roped a single to right, scoring James McCann to knot the score at 2-2.

– The bottom of the Marlins order caused Hill trouble in the fourth. After Eddy Alvarez singled to center, he went first-to-third on a Magneuris Sierra single, and when Conforto’s throw to third deflected off Alvarez and bounced away, he was able to score to put Miami up 3-2.

Hill ended up going 5.0 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits. He struck out six and walked three, and left in line for the win thanks to the Mets’ four-run fourth inning (more on that below).

– But they were on the seesaw at Citi Field, as the Mets recaptured the lead in their half of the fourth. After Javier Baez and Jeff McNeil were both hit by pitches, Villar tied the game with a single to left. McCann then ripped a two-run double to left, scoring two more and putting the Mets up 5-3. Conforto’s second RBI hit of the night, a single to center, pushed that lead to 6-3.

– Following Hill’s five innings, Brad Hand pitched a scoreless sixth, Miguel Castro threw a scoreless seventh, and Trevor May likewise in the eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth, Francisco Lindor put the game out of reach, drilling a grand slam to right field for his 20th homer of the season.

– Conforto blooped in a ground-rule double in his final at-bat, and if this was indeed his final home game as a Met, he went out on a high note, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. He also made a great diving catch in the ninth, prompting the fans to give him an ovation.

– With catcher Sandy Leon on the mound with two outs in the eighth, Alonso slugged his second homer of the night and 37th of the season.

Highlights

What’s next

The Mets hit the road for one last time in 2021, taking on the Atlanta Braves in a three-game series starting Friday at 7:20 p.m.

Tylor Megill will make his final start of the season against Huascar Ynoa.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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