Yoenis Cespedes Returns in Grand Fashion, New York Mets Top Atlanta Braves (Highlights) 2
Jun 10, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) reacts with team mates after hitting a grand slam home run against the Atlanta Braves during the ninth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

On the strength of a Yoenis Cespedes grand slam, Robert Gsellman and the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves, 6-1.

It seems as though Terry Collins and the New York Mets made the right choice in activating Yoenis Cespedes on Saturday.

In the top of the ninth inning after Luke Jackson walked Michael Conforto to load the bases, Yoenis Cespedes found himself at the plate in a 2-1 game. The slugger blasted his fifth career grand slam to left center that provided the New York Mets a comfortable 6-1 lead that they would not diminish. 

After a slow offensive start in his return to the Mets lineup, Cespedes followed up an 8th-inning single with a 9th-inning blast, providing closer Addison Reed some breathing room. Reed finished with the save after 1.2 masterful innings.

The blast came after the Mets were only able to reward Robert Gsellman with one run after 6.2 scoreless innings. Gsellman allowed just three hits and struck out four. Later on, Wilmer Flores scored Conforto on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 8th inning. Then in the top half of the ninth, Cespedes did what he does best, mash the baseball, and you could hear a pin drop at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

The Mets once again suffered through a bullpen scare on Saturday when Brandon Phillips took Fernando Salas yard in the bottom of the eighth, cutting the lead to one run. Fortunately, Cespedes saved the day in the next half-inning.

Cespedes missed 37 games, but it doesn’t appear as if his injury took any toll on his ability to crush baseballs. Cespedes’ seventh long fly of the season proves just how dangerous he was prior to his lengthy DL stint.

Game 2 of the day-night doubleheader will feature the return of Steven Matz.

 NEXT: Matz and Lugo Will Return This Weekend 


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Zachary Weisleder is a New York Mets Beat Writer for Elite Sports NY. Born and raised in Toronto, Zach is a diehard fan of his local Blue Jays, Raptors, and Maple Leafs. In addition to writing for ESNY, Zach is a passionate supporter of Syracuse athletics and exemplifies his allegiance through contributing for Fansided’s Inside the Loud House and The Armchair All-Americans.