NEW YORK (AP) – Marcus Stroman was right. He is more than ready.
Brandon Nimmo has had three hits and three RBIs from the lead. Jonathan Villar went on to win the opening game with a double scoring, and Stroman (2-0) overcame Phillies ace Aaron Nola.
“I just thought we held two really good games together today,” Stroman said.
Both games of the single-ticket twins, booked in advance to make up for a Monday dinner at Citi Field, are scheduled for seven innings to accommodate the rule change introduced in the 2020 draw. Short pandemic.
In the first game, Pete Alonso and Villar each hit an RBI single in season eight to give New York a 4-3 win in extra time. Dominic Smith has won a homer twice for the Mets.
“You saw great pitching and you saw our squad really perfect it,” said Nimmo. “That’s how we draw it. Very relieved to have that in the book. “
Stroman’s Sunday debut against Miami lasted only 9 yards because the match was suspended due to the rain. He tweeted his displeasure, saying it should never have started and that he hated that he would have to wait another five days to come on the pitch again.
But after playing a catch on Monday, Stroman told coach Luis Rojas that his arm would be ready on Tuesday and he took the ball in his sleeping cap.
Stroman said he spoke to his personal trainer, who put together a plan to prepare well and spend time in his hyperbaric room Tuesday morning getting ready to “dominate”.
“This guy works too hard. He’s in unbelievable form, ”said Rojas. “That’s why he was able to come back.”
The 5-foot-7 thug jumped around excitedly all night, slapping his gloves after causing a couple to finish the round and even tossing his baton after a late walk at the plate.
After his feet have been cold at the grounds, he thinks it’s best to go on the pitch instead of trying for a full seven-inning match.
“I can feel Stroman feeling good during that game,” said Nimmo. “It just feels like he had it tonight.”
Stroman was perfect in the first three innings and faced a minimum score of four. He allows four hits, all of which are singles and none. He throws three and throws 86 throws.
Villar doubled their home lead against Nola (0-1) in the fourth half, and Nimmo added a single goal twice.
“When I don’t have my belongings, it’s hard to navigate through these people,” said Nola. “They made a lot of throws and made me fight.”
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Backup catcher Tomás Nido got his career’s first treble in the sixth match and netted on Nimmo’s single as New York beat his first NL East rival Phillies since September. 2011 at Citi Field.
“We have better swing and right now we are dealing with good pitchers,” said Philadelphia coach Joe Girardi.
With Mets slumping in game 1, Alonso opened the final game of game eight with a sharp header from Héctor Neris (0-1) scoring second-placed Francisco Lindor. It was New York’s first blow since the second inning.
The Mets loaded the bases with one for Villar, who joined in as a sprinter in the seventh half. He made a total mid-left throw over the head of left-puncher Andrew McCutchen, playing shallowly in hopes of cutting off the streak of wins.
“It was nice to see those big hits in those moments,” said Rojas. “You can see the guys’ time coming together.”
Aided by a McCann pass, the Phillies took a 3-2 lead at the top of the eighth round in Didi Gregorius’s double-headed header. Trevor May (1-1) then defeated Jean Segura with two runners-up in the scoring position and got his first win for Mets.
There was some barking back and forth between the Mets bench and the Phillies painkiller José Alvarado in the first game after the left-handed player pressed Conforto on and then drilled him near his right wrist with a a fast ball 100 mph in the sixth inning. Alvarado reluctantly gestured toward New York’s digging direction, but nothing happened.
The X-ray on Conforto’s wrist was negative, Mets said. Conforto didn’t start the night game, instead Kevin Pillar.
The Mets (4-3) team finally returned to the field after heavy rains blocked them two days earlier. New York played just five games in the first 12 days of the season because of a COVID-19 outbreak among Washington National players and then wet weather.
Top lead Spencer Howard was added to Philadelphia’s list as the 27th person for the two-man title. The right hand appeared for the first time in game 2, allowing one run in game six.
Phillies: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-1, 2.31 ERA) pitched the ball on Wednesday night in front of his former team.
Mets: Second year left hand David Peterson (0-1, 13.50) gave up six runs in four innings last week in Philadelphia. Peterson had 16.50 ERA in two starting games with the Phillies and 2.64 ERA in nine games against all the other teams.
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