After hitting his first two homers as a Met, Todd Frazier talks about the atmosphere around the team following Friday’s 6-5 win over the Brewers
NEW YORK – On a day when the Mets learned they would be without their top two catchers for the foreseeable future, they kept the positive vibes going with a 6-5 win over Milwaukee at Citi Field.
New York has won nine straight and extended the best start in franchise history to 11-1.
Prior to the game, the Mets placed catcher Kevin Plawecki to the 10-day DL with a hairline fracture in his left hand and transferred Travis d’Arnaud to the 60-day DL after learning he would need Tommy John surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).
The news did little to dampen enthusiasm among the fans in Flushing. The announced crowd of 34,921 roared with every out of closer Jeurys Familia’s major league leading seventh save in the ninth inning.
“It was electric,” said manager Mickey Callaway, whose team opened up a six-game homestand after sweeping Washington and Miami in back-to-back road series.
“When Familia’s trying to get three outs with a one-run lead, the fans are our 10th man,” Callaway said. “It was so good to see everyone showing up. That’s what makes this worth it.”
Third baseman Todd Frazier hit the first two home runs of his Mets career, going deep to lead off the second and fourth innings for his career multi-homer games.
“It felt like a playoff atmosphere, and we appreciate that,” the Toms River product said. “I guess [the fans] know what we’ve got, and we know what we’re capable of, and it was a lot of fun playing [Friday] and producing and just being myself.
“All of us, that’s what we’re doing, being ourselves.”
Left-hander Steven Matz (1-1) allowed just three hits over 5⅓, and two of them were two-run homers to Hernán Perez and Ryan Braun.
In the seventh, Frazier dove toward the third-base line to smother a hard smash by Lorenzo Cain, but Cain beat the throw to first for an infield single. That was one of three infield hits allowed by reliever Seth Lugo, who also gave up a solo home run to Milwaukee third baseman Travis Shaw in the eighth.
The next batter, Jesus Aguilar, knocked a shot off the wall in left, and Yoenis Cespedes (2-for-4, RBI) made a strong throw to hold him to a single. Cespedes also made a leaping catch against the wall to take away a hit from Aguilar in the second.
“That was a game-changing play,” Callaway said. “It fired us up in the dugout, the fans were going nuts, it was huge.”
The combo of AJ Ramos, Jerry Blevins and Robert Gsellman combined to get the final two outs of the eighth and strand Aguilar at second.
Two batters after the first Frazier home run, catcher Jose Lobaton got his first Mets at-bat and smacked a triple to the left-field corner. Earlier in the day, the 33-year-old was brought up from AAA Las Vegas and got the start.
“It’s a hard situation for the team, but it is how it is,” Lobaton said. “What I take for myself [is], I’m happy that i’m here and part of the Mets.”
Lobaton was of four New York batters with at least one extra base hit.
Besides he and Frazier, Asdrubal Cabrera extended his hit streak to 11 games with a double in his first at-bat and scored a pair of runs as part of a 2-for-4 night. Jay Bruce had an RBI double in a three-run fifth and scored the decisive run on a wild pitch by Brewers reliever Dan Jennings.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson was generally positive in addressing the state of his first-place team prior to batting practice.
And despite losing Plawecki and d’Arnaud, he remained cautiously optimistic.
“I think we’re comfortable for the very short term,” Alderson said of the catching situation. “We’ll see how things go. But we are certainly going to be aware of what else may be available out there, and we’ll monitor that market.”
“At this moment, we don’t have any plans to add anyone, other than at the AAA level,” he said. “But that certainly could change.”
The first 11 games of the season brought the Mets into uncharted territory on several fronts. They had never won the first six road games of a season before sweeping Washington and Miami back-to-back.
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Published at Sat, 14 Apr 2018 03:30:50 +0000