New York Mets Amazin’ News, 6/24/17: Victory, as Bats Come Alive in San Francisco
Jun 23, 2017; San Francisco, CA, USA; New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) hits a double in front of San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley (5) during the sixth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Putting the dreadful Los Angeles series behind them, starter Seth Lugo and the New York Mets pounded the San Francisco Giants in Game 1. 

The New York Mets went into the Bay Area on Friday night looking to end what had been a miserable four-game losing streak. Their previous four games had all been played in a series against the L.A. Dodgers, and the four losses put the Mets 10 games under .500.

The Metropolitans were able to take game one in thunderous fashion, 11-4.

New York’s offense heated up from the get-go on Friday when Wilmer Flores singled in Curtis Granderson in the top of the first inning. One of the only positive outcomes of the series against the Dodgers was that the Mets were able to score runs early in games, especially Granderson. The Mets continued doing so on Friday.

San Francisco’s first basemen Brandon Belt got things going against Seth Lugo in the bottom of the first, scoring Denard Span on a double. However, the Mets’ bats took off in the second.

Mets starter Seth Lugo scored Lucas Duda on a RBI double. Curtis Granderson scored Lugo on a sac fly, and two batters later, Yoenis Cespedes was at the plate. The left fielder clobbered a two-run shot to left-center field, and the Mets took a big 5-1 lead. Shortly after, back-to-back RBI doubles from Michael Conforto and Travis d’Arnaud saw the Mets go up 7-1 in just the second frame.

The Mets wouldn’t stop there, as they poured in three more runs in the 6th inning. Cespedes doubled in Granderson, Flores’ sac fly scored Asdrubal Cabrera, and Conforto’s single scored Cespedes.

After a three-run 6th inning from the Giants, the Mets continued adding runs. This time, it was Lucas Duda that did the damage, taking a 94 mph fastball the other way, and extending New York’s lead to 11-4.

Five Mets had three hits on Friday: Cabrera, Cespedes, Flores, Conforto, and Duda.

Lugo pitched 5.2 innings for New York, allowed seven hits, four earned runs, and struck out two. This definitely wasn’t a strong outing from Lugo, but his offense gave him more than enough run support to secure him the lead. Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Erik Goeddel, and Addison Reed combined for 3.1 innings of shutout baseball in relief.

The Mets got to Ty Blach early, as the Giants’ starter allowed seven earned runs over just 3 innings.

Game two of the series will be tonight at 7:15 PM Eastern Time, as Jacob deGrom and Johhny Cueto will square off.

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