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Pete Alonso hits two homers while Mets earn a doubleheader split

PHILADELPHIA — On a chilly day, the Mets needed an insult and delivered it to their resident polar bear on Sunday.

Pete Alonso scored in the first inning of this doubleheader’s nightcap. He roared even louder with a fifth-inning blast that screamed off-bat at 111 mph and gave the Mets a massive advantage.

In the end, it helped the Mets win 6-1 and drew away from the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets were offensively cold in Game 1, losing 3-2.

Alonso hit a total of five RBIs on his two home runs, allowing the Mets (20-10) to win the series. Chris Bassitt allowed only one deserved run over 5 ²/₃ innings in the nightcap.

Francisco Lindor delivered a two-out single in the first game before Alonso cleared the fence on left field against Cristopher Sanchez. With the Mets leading 2-1 in the fifth, he started a tackle on Nick Nelson with Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha on board. Alonso’s seven homers and 26 RBIs both lead the Mets.

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Peter Alonso
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After two straight rains, the Mets were soaked at the Platte in Game 1.

The Mets went 1-on-6 with runners in goal position and notably missed an opportunity in the seventh after receiving walks from Alonso and Eduardo Escobar to start the inning against Jose Alvarado. Left Alvarado knocked out the next three batsmen: Dominic Smith, Starling Marte and Luis Guillorme.

Max Scherzer succumbed to poor contact while allowing three earned runs of 10 hits over six innings. Nine of the hits against Scherzer were singles, and seven of those had an exit speed of 77 mph or less. The loss was Scherzer’s first in his last 25 regular season starts. Jake Arrieta (2015-16) was the last MLB pitcher to go 24 straight starts without a loss.

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Chris Bassitt
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“Damn run,” said Scherzer. “Of course you need your teammates for that, but it’s also cool to be there. You have to go out there and give your team a chance to win. That’s your job as a starting pitcher… I feel like I’ve done that the last few starts here, at least gave the team a shot at winning and they picked me up. It’s kind of a team stat, but it’s good to play a part in.”

Bryce Harper hammered a 94 mph fastball that was homed over the plate in the first inning that gave the Phillies their first run. Harper also scored against Scherzer last Sunday night at Citi Field.

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Pete Alonso hits his second home run in Game 2 of the Mets against the Phillies on Sunday.
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Three straight singles against Scherzer – the last of which came from Harper – extended the Phillies’ lead to 2-0 in the third. In the fourth game, Bryson Stott’s RBI single stretched the Mets’ deficit to 3-0. The single was the Phillies’ fourth of the inning.

“Today was just a grind,” said Scherzer. “I tried again to navigate their lineup – I made a mistake on Harp – but I was executing pitches. That’s part of baseball for them. It felt like they had a lot of singles to fall into, but that’s only part of the game.

In his previous start, Scherzer allowed four earned runs over six innings against the Phillies.

Marte’s leadoff double in game six resulted in the Mets scoring their first run of the game against Kyle Gibson on James McCann’s double-play grounder. Lindor stroked an RBI double that drew the Mets to 3-2 after Brandon Nimmo’s two-out single.

Gibson limited the Mets to two six-hit earned runs over six innings with three strikeouts.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/08/pete-alonso-hits-two-homers-as-mets-earn-doubleheader-split/ Pete Alonso hits two homers while Mets earn a doubleheader split

JOE HERNANDEZ

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