On Wednesday night, Max Scherzer left his start due to left side pain, and the Mets went on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-4.
The Mets (25-14) are now 13-0 when coming back from a setback, thanks in large part to a home run and four RBI from Pete Alonso. The weekend of April 10–11 was the only time they lost three in a row this year.
Rookie reliever Jake Walsh (0-1) allowed four runs in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run single from Jeff McNeil and an RBI single from Alonso. During the outburst, Dominic Smith drove in a run with a single, and Luis Guillorme knocked in another with a well-executed safety squeeze.
The Mets now lead the major leagues with 28 batters hit by pitches after being hit three times. Of those, eight were allowed by Cardinals pitchers over the course of six games before a bench-clearing brawl in St. Louis last month.
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Wednesday night, after Mark Canha was struck by a 98 mph fastball from Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks in the third inning, both benches were cautioned, but there was no fighting between the clubs.
Alonso’s three-run homer off T.J. McFarland capped a five-run eighth inning for the Mets, in which Canha drove in three runs and scored twice. Brandon Nimmo had earlier hit a run-scoring triple.
The Cardinals scored twice on a home run by Nolan Arenado. One of Albert Pujols’ two hits was a two-run single off of Scherzer in the first inning that sent him over Eddie Collins into tenth place on the all-time hit record with 3,314. (5-1).
The three-time Cy Young winner left the game with two outs and a 1-1 count on Pujols in the sixth inning. The Mets announced that he will get an MRI on Thursday.
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After Scherzer fired a slider into the dirt with two runners on base, he gave the New York dugout a signal that he was finished pitching.
They came out to check on Scherzer from the dugout, and Scherzer was greeted by pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, manager Buck Showalter, and a trainer. The 37-year-old right-hander left the field after a brief talk.
Scherzer had a 6-2 lead over his local team after throwing 61 of 87 pitches for strikes. With plenty of time to warm up, Adam Ottavino got the final out of the inning with a strikeout of Albert Pujols.
After reaching on a double steal off Scherzer, the 42-year-old Pujols grounded out to end the eighth inning against Seth Lugo and the score at 4-2.
The Yankees Win Because to their Aggressive Baserunning and Excellent Defensive Play.
BALTIMORE — The Yankees won despite being unable to score many runs.
New York beat the struggling Baltimore Orioles, 3-2, on Wednesday night behind a solid pitching performance from Gerrit Cole and some key defensive plays.
Cole (4-0) allowed two runs and six hits with five strikeouts. Right fielder Marwin Gonzalez made two diving catches, and Josh Donaldson called down many hard-hit ground balls behind him. Anthony Rizzo, playing first base, started an unassisted double play in the eighth inning by snatching a line drive that was headed straight for the outfield.
With only six hits, the Yankees won thanks to a three-run first inning that included a sprint from second to home on a wild pitch.
That’s a major reason why New York has had such a fantastic start to the season (28-9).
Cole said, “We’re the Bronx Bombers, and we won tonight thanks to our baserunning and defence.”
There’s no need to hit any grand slams. They only managed two doubles, but the Yankees still came out on top, giving them 21 wins in 24 contests.
It’s been off to a fantastic start,” Manager Aaron Boone stated. Simply said, I am quite satisfied with the way they are handling things. Tonight, our success was based on our pitching and our speed on the bases.
After Rizzo and Donaldson had both singled with two outs, New York took the lead on Gleyber Torres’ R.B.I. double. Later, Donaldson scored on a wild pitch by Jordan Lyles, and Torres later scored on an erroneous throw to the plate by catcher Anthony Bemboom.
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That proved to be the difference as the Yankees won their eleventh game in a row. The Mets’ 28-9 record is tied for the second-best in the majors since 1948, behind only the Detroit Tigers’ 32-5 start in 1984.
On Thursday afternoon, the Yankees will try to finish off their four-game sweep of the last-place Baltimore Orioles. Losing six games in a row, the Orioles are the only team to win a series against the Yankees this year, doing it by taking two of three in the middle of April.
Following Cole’s stellar performance, Clay Holmes threw two scoreless innings to earn his third career save, all of which have come this season and all against the Orioles.