The New York Mets so far failed to meet the expectations. Despite spending huge sums of money in the market, they are yet to produce the desired result. On Wednesday night though, they gave their fans something to cheer for in this season. A dramatic game against the Tampa Bay Rays, saw them come back from the dead not once, but twice in the end to win it 8-7 in true Hollywood-esque.
Coming into the game against the Rays, very few would have given the Mets a chance to compete. They started the game the way they have done the whole season so far – struggling. Their batters had no answer for Josh Fleming, the starter of the Rays. He threw five scoreless innings, allowing just two walks and three hits while picking up five strikeouts.
It was not until the seventh inning where they got on board. Third baseman Mark Vientos, who was making his major league debut, leveled up the game. He pulled a hit to right center field off relieved pitcher Ryan Thompson to make it 2-2 on the night. The Rays who have been the most dominating team this season, immediately fired back in the next inning as Brandon Lowe launched a two-run bomb.
The Rays would then extend the lead in the ninth by scoring another run. Francisco Alvarez made sure the Mets continued their fight as he hit a three-run home run to tie up the game again.
The Mets once again found themselves trailing as Harold Ramirez and Josh Lowe got on board. Like any Hollywood movie, where the hero comes at the end and saves the day, Pete Alonso did the same. The Mets superstar smashed a three-run home run to walk it off.
Kodai Senga records 12 strikeouts in dominating performance against the Tampa Bay Rays
Another impactful play made by the Mets player was none other than Kodai Senga. The impact of Japanese players in MLB recently has been no secret. Several top players from Japan have followed in the footsteps of Shohei Ohtani and are trying to mark a similar mark in America.
One of the emerging Japanese players this season is Kodai Senga. The starting pitcher of the Mets has been a shining light in their dark times this season.
Senga was once again dominant on the mound.He went up against a team like Tampa Bay Rays, who have been simply extraordinary this season. To control them, he knew he had to bring out his best game.
He delivered his best performance of the season by throwing six scoreless innings. In the six innings, he only allowed three hits, three walks, and one run. The strong start was him striking out 12 batters through these six innings.
This result leaves the Mets in a position of making it a positive series. When they take to the field on Thursday, they will have a chance to clinch their first series win since April. They have not won any of their last six series. As a result of this, the Mets find themselves away from the top of the National League East.
Vinay Dave is a Content Writer for US Sports at FirstSportz. A Journalism graduate from Mumbai. His life revolves around sports. Apart from being a massive Aaron Judge fan, he also follows Cricket, Wrestling and Football. In his free time, Vinay can be spotted listening to 70s music or watching anime.
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