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SAN FRANCISCO – It was a game the Mets removed from any of their pitchers, not to mention their seventh starting lineup.
David Peterson, who made the serve instead of the injured Max Scherzer, once again impressed in his promotion to the major leagues, holding the Giants for two runs from three strokes in six innings. He reached his top season with six strikeouts, allowing one walk on 99 fields for a 2.16 ERA.
Peterson’s solid exit was complemented by an offensive explosion from the warehouse in the Mets ’13-3 defeat over the Giants on Monday night at Oracle Park. Manager Buck Shawolter, who celebrated his 66th birthday on Monday, gladly accepted the victory as a gift.
The Mets ’offense defeated the Giants pitchers, including right-handed Alex Cobb, in the first series. Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeill and Mark Kanha scored 18 shots at the club. Alonso’s three-time home run in the third inning became his 11th of the season, which is good for a three-time draw for most homers in the National League. The Mets from first base also expanded their RBI-leading number in the NL to 40 with a dinger.
Amazing Cobb’s tabs over six runs of 10 hits, with most of those runs against him coming in the third inning in a superb sequence from the Mets schedule. After JD Davis ’first single of the evening and a couple of quiet singles on backyard plots, Francisco Lindar ripped off a well-placed double with two runs near third baseline to assemble his 500th RBI of his career and put the Mets on the board. Alonso followed Lindor’s double with his home run to complete the rally in the third inning of five runs.
Peterson, making his first major league appearance in 20 days, brushed aside the challenges he faced in the second inning due to a mistake by Brendan Crawford, and bounced back to give the Mets a quality start. Crawford took Peterson’s fastball with a high belt and parked it in the left field for a run. But, instead of going in a spiral, Peterson settled down. In retrospect to his rookie of the season, when then-manager Luis Rojas praised Peterson for his calm and enduring stance on the embankment, the left-hander bounced back to finish his walk by retiring 11 in a row.
If Peterson is able to demonstrate consistent performances and build his evening on Monday against the Giants, he could help make the frustration of losing Scherzer over the next few weeks much less sour. Peterson also stepped up the Metz rotation early last month when Taijuan Walker was on the injured list and the left-hander made four encouraging outings. But now Peterson promises and gives new hope to the Mets ’core squad, which can certainly take advantage of that.