Mets Make Indians Pay in Crucial Win

With the game tied at two between the Cleveland Indians and the New York Mets in the sixth-inning on Tuesday night, Joe Panik hit a routine pop up to left field with one out and Oscar Mercado dropped it.

It allowed Panik to reach second base. Shane Bieber got Pete Alonso out on his next at bat, but it would only be two outs instead of three. The next batter was Michael Conforto and he crushed a two-run homer off of Bieber to give them a 4-2 lead and New York would eventually defeat Cleveland 9-2.

The Indians had runners on first and second base with one out in the seventh-inning. Steven Matz was pulled from the game in favor of Justin Wilson. Wilson struck out Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado.

The Mets scored four runs in the seventh-inning on a Amed Rosario RBI single, Joe Panik RBI single, and a Pete Alonso two-run double.

New York scored one more run in the eighth-inning on a RBI double by Rajai Davis. A lot of New York Mets fans would rather keep him around than Aaron Altheer.

The other runs that came in this game was in the second-inning on a solo home run by Jason Kipnis off of Steven Matz for the Cleveland Indians.

J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer in the second-inning off of Shane Bieber for New York.

Kipnis also had an RBI single in the fourth-inning for Cleveland and the rest was history.

Steven Matz (8-7) was the winning pitcher for the Mets. He pitched 6.1 innings and gave up five hits and two runs. Matz walked two batters and struck out seven.

Shane Bieber (12-6) was the losing pitcher for the Indians. He pitched six innings and gave up four hits and four runs. Bieber walked one batter and struck out seven.

In his last five starts, he has only given up 12 runs but Shane Bieber has given up eight home runs.

Cleveland now trails the Minnesota Twins by three games in the AL Central. However, the Indians lead the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays by 1.5 games for the first wild card spot in the American League.

New York is still two games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second wild card spot in the National League.

The projected pitching match up for the second game of this three-game set on Wednesday night at Citi Field will be between Adam Plutko (5-3, 4.67 ERA) for Cleveland and Marcus Stroman (7-11, 3.21 ERA) for the New York Mets.

 

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