MIAMI — Pete Alonso, the Mets’ precocious rookie first baseman, needed some rest. Against the Miami Marlins, the Mets barely skipped a beat.
In Alonso’s place, Dominic Smith made his first start of the season along with showed right away in which his well-chronicled struggles at the plate may be behind him. His run-scoring single from the first was part of a hit parade. The Mets batted around, posting 5 runs before Miami took a swing.
The Mets’ bats went silent for the next 5 innings, however there again was Smith, whose smooth swing came in handy from the seventh, as he knocked an individual through to left center, advancing catcher Wilson Ramos to second. Ramos eventually scored, providing just enough insurance for the Mets to outlast the Marlins, 6-5.
“the idea got a little hairy,” Mets Manager Mickey Callaway said, “however they got through the idea again.”
The Mets will send Jacob deGrom, their ace, to the mound Wednesday for a potential sweep here in Miami.
For the second straight night, Marlins second baseman Starlin Castro homered, This specific time belting a solo shot against Mets starter Jason Vargas from the fifth. Vargas negotiated his way out of in which inning along with did not return for the sixth after throwing 74 pitches. Both of the runs he yielded were earned. Reliever Seth Lugo surrendered the three different runs.
Even with Alonso starring, Smith has found ways to contribute at the plate along with from the field during the season’s first week. On opening day, he walked along with scored as a pinch-hitter. from the second game, he drove in two runs with an individual, along with there he was once more on Monday.
While Alonso’s 440-foot home run in which night made all the highlight reels, the idea was Smith who kicked off a four-run rally from the ninth inning that has a leadoff single as a pinch-hitter. He came around to score the winning run.
“In in which job, you have to do your homework, know the pitchers,” Smith said. “I just try to figure out the situation I’ll be coming into.”
Callaway said in which he did not believe he had to get Smith, who has experienced a reawakening after addressing his sleep apnea, a certain amount of starts. Rather, he will weigh how much rest Alonso will need in his first season.
Even though Alonso did not start Tuesday, he found a way into the game, just as Callaway had predicted — telling the rookie in which he might most likely enter as a pinch-hitter.
“I can’t wait to get my first pinch-hit,” Alonso told Callaway.
Callaway called on Alonso to bat from the top of the seventh. With Ramos on third along with left fielder Brandon Nimmo on first, Alonso had another chance to drive in runs, however he struck out looking.
the idea did not matter, though. Smith along with the rest of the Mets had already done enough in his place.