The New York Mets losing streak now sits at six games, but slugging first baseman Pete Alonso shows no signs of slowing down.
It was announced in the afternoon that he would compete in the Home Run Derby on July 8 at Progressive Field.
Once Friday’s showdown with the Atlanta Braves began, he showed why. Down 3-0 in the fourth inning, Alonso ripped a solo home run to left, his 28th of the season.
Unfortunately, this was about the only bright spot for the Mets in Friday’s 6-2 loss.
Jacob deGrom got the start and wasn’t great, but did turn in another quality start. The right-hander went six innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out seven.
With two outs, Johan Camargo ripped a three-run double to left center. The bases-clearing double served as the final runs of the night.
Now 9-1 on the season, Atlanta starter Mike Soroka was very good once again. The 21-year-old allowed two runs in 6.1 innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four Mets.
Former Met Anthony Swarzak got the final two outs of the seventh.
Twelve games back in the NL East, the Citi Field fans voiced their displeasure by booing the Mets throughout the game.
Looking to snap this brutal skid, the Mets will turn to Steven Matz on Saturday. This could be exactly what the doctor ordered for New York. In nine career starts against Atlanta, Matz is 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA.
Right-hander Julio Teheran will go for the Braves. The nine-year veteran is 5-6 with a 3.94 ERA.