With the New York Mets not playing for anything in the second to last game of the season at home against the Atlanta Braves, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso was still playing for something.
Alonso hit his 52nd homer on Friday night which tied New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for the most set by a rookie. Judge set that record in 2017.
With New York leading 2-0 in the third-inning, Pete Alonso hit a solo homer off of Mike Foltynewicz and the crowd went crazy at Citi Field. Alonso received a standing ovation from the home crowd and he received hugs from his managers and teammates. The New York Mets shutout Atlanta by a score of 3-0.
Before Pete Alonso’s homer, Rene Rivera hit a two-run homer off of Foltynewicz as well. This was Rivera’s first homer of the season.
Steven Matz (11-10) was the winning pitcher for New York. He pitched six innings and gave up two hits. Matz walked five batters and struck out seven.
He has pitched much better in the second-half of the season.
Mike Foltynewicz (8-6) was the losing pitcher for the Braves. He pitched four innings and gave up three hits and three runs. Foltynewicz walked one batter and struck out five.
He could potentially be one of the starting pitchers for Atlanta in the NLDS when it begins next week.
Edwin Diaz recorded his 26th save of the season for the Mets. He pitched a scoreless inning. Diaz struck out two batters.
He has struggled all season long. Edwin Diaz has given up 15 homers this season, but his slider was on point in this game.
The projected pitchers for the season finale on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field will be Mike Soroka (13-4, 2.60 ERA) for the Atlanta Braves and Noah Syndergaard (10-8, 4.30 ERA) for New York. All games on Sunday will begin at 3:05 p.m. Eastern.