NEW YORK — The cold awaiting the New York Mets upon the start of their road trip this weekend would have appeared even more gelid if a come-from-ahead defeat was clinched at the end of Thursday afternoon’s see-saw affair. Instead, the red-hot bat of Pete Alonso crushed a ball that appeared headed for the sun, just in the nick of time to secure another series victory for the Mets.
Alonso crushed a walk-off two-run home run to begin (and end) the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Mets to a 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field in the final game of New York’s seven-game homestand. The homer was Alonso’s 10th of the season, giving him sole possession of the Major League lead, and allowed New York to escape with a victory after it allowed the Cardinals to score single runs in the seventh and ninth to tie and a run in the tenth to temporarily put St. Louis ahead.
After the Cardinals pushed the automatic runner home to start extra innings, St. Louis closer Giovanny Gallegos came on to try and close the door and earn the Redbirds a split of the four-game set. With Francisco Lindor the free runner at second for New York, it took Pete just two pitches to take care of business: a slider that Alonso laid off for a ball to start the at-bat, then a fastball he sent into the second deck in left field to end the at-bat.
“I was just looking in my zone, in my area,” said Alonso, who went 5-for-8 with seven RBI and three runs scored in the last two games of the series. “He came right where I was looking, right where I wanted it, and I capitalized.”
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Thursday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by ALOST photographer Carmelita Román. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 46 pictures in total.