NEW YORK -- Another day, another record for Pete Alonso, whose three-run homer in the seventh inning Saturday gave him a share of the team record for homers prior to May 1.
Alonso’s long ball, which drew the Mets within one run of the Brewers in an 8-6 loss, was his ninth of the season. That matched Neil Walker (2016), John Buck (2013), Carlos Delgado (2006) and Dave Kingman (1976) for most in any season before the start of May.
“That’s really cool,” Alonso said. “That’s cool and everything, but I’m just trying to help this team win. I’m given an awesome opportunity, and I just want to capitalize on that every single day.”
The record does not necessarily portend much over a full season. Buck hit just six more homers the rest of the year after bashing nine his first month, while Walker finished with 23. Delgado and Kingman fared the best, accumulating 38 and 37, respectively. Perhaps most impressive was Kingman, who hit nine before May despite not playing a game before April 9.
As for Alonso, the Mets first baseman leads Major League rookies with nine home runs, and is tied for fifth among all National Leaguers.
“I feel like I’m living a fantasy right now,” Alonso said. “I’m enjoying my play, but this is a dream come true for me. Every single day, it’s a blessing for me. I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity.”
For just the second time in 25 plate appearances, Travis d'Arnaud delivered a hit in the seventh inning Saturday. But the good vibes did not last long. d’Arnaud was thrown out trying to extend his single to a double in a four-run game, taking some sting out of the Alonso-fueled rally that followed.
“It was an accumulation of everything, along with me probably being a little too aggressive down by four runs in that situation,” d’Arnaud said. “If Pete came up with the bases loaded, we’d tie the game instead of being down by one.”
The play was one of several issues in the game for d’Arnaud, who also allowed a passed ball and three wild pitches. The Mets eventually removed d’Arnaud, who is batting .087 in his return from Tommy John surgery, for a pinch-hitter during their eighth-inning rally. Throughout the night, he was the subject of boos from fans at Citi Field.
“They want me to play better,” d’Arnaud said. “I understand. I’ve got to play better. And I’m just going to keep working.”
Despite d’Arnaud’s struggles, the Mets appear committed to sticking with him as their backup catcher behind Wilson Ramos -- a job they committed $3.5 million to d’Arnaud to do. Their alternatives include two defensive-minded players at Triple-A Syracuse: prospect Tomas Nido, and veteran Rene Rivera. The Mets placed Devin Mesoraco on the restricted list earlier this month after he declined to accept an assignment to Syracuse.
• Reliever Justin Wilson (left elbow soreness) began a throwing program Friday at Citi Field. He continued throwing off flat ground on Saturday, but has yet to advance to mound work. That pace may prevent Wilson from returning from the injured list when first eligible Tuesday.
• Infielder Jed Lowrie (sprained left knee capsule) has been participating in extended spring training games in Port St. Lucie, Fla., his final hurdle before beginning a Minor League rehab assignment. The Mets have not released a timetable for him to take that next step.