MILWAUKEE — Francisco Lindor spent a lot of Tuesday’s pregame on the clubhouse sofa huddled below a blanket, resembling someone who might need celebrated an excessive amount of the earlier night time.
But the star shortstop was awake and stuffed with vitality when the Mets wanted him most.
Lindor smashed a go-ahead grand slam within the seventh inning that helped ship the Mets a sixth straight victory, 7-5 over the Brewers at American Family Field. The Mets remained one sport forward of Atlanta for first place within the NL East, an evening after clinching the franchise’s first postseason berth since 2016 and acknowledging the accomplishment with a champagne toast.
“We’re in a battle and [clinching the postseason] shouldn’t be the tip objective,” stated Lindor. “We have short-term targets and long-term targets and now we have obtained to come out day by day and do our greatest.”
Lindor’s slam got here after lefty Taylor Rogers walked with the bases loaded within the seventh. An inning earlier Pete Alonso mashed a three-run homer that put life right into a Mets lineup that managed just one hit by 5 innings. Overall, the Mets had solely 4 hits.
The Mets will try to full a collection sweep on Wednesday with Taijuan Walker on the mound. The Brewers are combating for a National League wild-card berth, however have not acquired any favors from the Mets, who’re embroiled in their very own battle, even after locking up a postseason berth.
“The Braves have been on our tail for some time now, so it is nonetheless on our minds,” Brandon Nimmo stated. “We let ourselves benefit from the reality [Monday] that we’re positively within the playoffs and now it is again to what we have been doing.”
Nimmo is nicely conscious that the Braves play a four-game collection in Philadelphia starting Thursday towards a group with wild-card aspirations.
“Part of it’s, yeah, it will be good if [the Braves] misplaced a number of, however a part of it’s you may have to acknowledge they’re taking part in actual nicely and having a historic run since [June 1],” Nimmo stated. “But to nonetheless be in first place and be the place we’re at means now we have a fairly good group as nicely.”
Carlos Carrasco barely survived a second inning during which he allowed 5 base runners and managed to get by the fourth. Overall, the right-hander allowed three earned runs on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and two walks over 90 pitches.
Kolten Wong and Andrew McCutchen delivered consecutive doubles within the second that gave the Brewers their first run. Omar Narvaez and Willy Adames every contributed an RBI single later within the inning to place the Mets in a 3-0 gap.
Trevor Williams changed Carrasco within the fifth and surrendered a leadoff double to Adames earlier than Wong’s RBI single prolonged the Brewers’ lead to 4-0. Carrasco’s begin was his third in his final 5 during which he failed to full 5 innings. But it adopted two sturdy outings, towards the Marlins and Pirates, during which he allowed one run over six innings.
The Mets, dealing with their fourth pitcher of the night time — Aaron Ashby was utilized as an opener — struck within the sixth with Alonso’s three-run homer towards Brad Boxberger. The blast was the second in as many video games for Alonso and gave him 37 for the season, together with 121 RBIs.
Mark Canha was plunked by a pitch (the 103rd time this season the Mets have been hit, two wanting the modern-day report) and Lindor singled earlier than Alonso cleared the center-field fence.
“What actually modified the momentum was [Lindor] and Mark placing collectively actually good at-bats and getting on,” Alonso stated. “That sort of set the tone for that inning. I’m simply actually happy that I may capitalize on a slider in the midst of the plate in that inning. The boys did a hell of a job after that stringing at-bats collectively and [Lindor] got here up clutch.”
In the seventh, Darin Ruf, James McCann and Nimmo walked in succession towards Rogers earlier than Canha struck out. But Lindor despatched a towering drive over the left-field fence to give the Mets a 7-4 lead.
“That was actually enjoyable,” Alonso stated. “I do know we did not have a variety of hits, however grinding out, getting on base by walks or getting hit by pitch, we did a very good job as an offense tonight.”