Mets cruise after double-filled big inning

June 24th, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- Deuces were wild for the New York Mets in Friday night's series opener at AT&T Park, where they stuffed five doubles into a six-run second inning en route to an 11-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

departed from the script, clobbering a two-run homer to highlight a three-hit effort in which he lacked a triple for the cycle. , , and also amassed three hits apiece for the Mets, who were swept in four games by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their previous series.

"They know they've got their work cut out for them," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Their backs are against the wall. They dug a deep hole. And today was a first step."

(2-1) was the beneficiary of the Mets' offensive outburst, allowing four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. By contrast, Giants pitchers allowed a season-high 20 hits.

"It always makes it easier when the offense can put up numbers like that," Lugo said.

Giants starter , who began the evening with a 3.02 ERA in nine appearances at AT&T Park this season, surrendered seven runs and 11 hits in three innings. Brushing aside excuses, Giants manager Bruce Bochy dismissed the club's early-morning arrival from Atlanta -- approximately 5 a.m. PT Friday -- was a factor in the outcome.

"Sure, we landed early in the morning, but it's not the first time this has happened. You deal with it," Bochy said. "Ty flew in a day early. He was the one who got the most rest. Maybe that cost him; I don't know. It was a tough night for him."


Familiar foe: Cespedes hit .320 with two doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs in six games against the Giants last year, including .385 (5-for-13) with three homers and five RBIs in three games at AT&T Park. So it wasn't surprising to see him clobber his ninth home run in 103 overall at-bats in the second inning. By Statcast™ standards, it wasn't the most monstrous homer, as it traveled a projected 390 feet with an exit velocity of 100.7 mph. But everybody in the ballpark knew it was gone the moment Cespedes hit it.

No escape for Blach: Blach actually appeared close to escaping the second inning with only mild trouble. He faced Lugo with a runner on second and one out, but yielded a ground-ball RBI double past third base. 's sacrifice fly left Blach with one out to go and only two runs in, but then came five consecutive hits, including four for extra bases.


"I'm a professional player. So I always come to the ballpark to do the best for the team." -- Cabrera, who rapped out three hits the same day he stated his desire to be traded


Lugo, whose curveball boasts the highest average spin rate of any pitcher in baseball, threw a career-high 24 curves against the Giants. He is leaning on the pitch more and more, featuring it 22 percent of the time this season compared to 17 percent last year.

In other Statcast™ highlights, Cespedes' sixth-inning double (115.2 mph) and Duda's ninth-inning double (114.5 mph) were the Mets' two hardest hits of the season. In fact, Cespedes' was the Mets' hardest-hit ball since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.


Collins summoned a replay review when it appeared that Duda's double to lead off the ninth inning may have gone over the wall. A review determined the play stands, meaning umpires could not find conclusive evidence to overturn it.


Mets: Easily the Mets' best pitcher in June, has gone 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA his last two starts, pitching 17 innings. He will look to keep rolling in a 7:15 p.m. ET game Saturday against the Giants at AT&T Park.

Giants: San Francisco can take heart in the fact that right-hander will start Saturday's 4:15 p.m. PT rematch for the Giants. They're 8-7 in his starts, including 4-2 at home. However, the Giants have lost five of Cueto's last seven starts overall.

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