Jeff McNeil provided a shot in his arms when the lethargic Mets team needed it most.
McNeil’s home run led the ninth, and Michael Conforto’s hit by pitch beat the Marlins 3-2 at the home opener minutes later.
The victory was controversial. Confort pushed his elbows onto the plate, and Pitch nicked his elbows into the catcher Chad Wallach’s mitt. The umpire reviewed the play, but left Cole in rage, infuriating the Marlins and leading Mets to victory.
The excitement of the second half ended a typical day at the Mets stadium.
Fans have returned to Citi Field for the first time in a year and a half. Bunting was hanging from the upper deck. Francisco Lindeau, shortly before his first home game with his new team, and Pete Alonso received the most cheers during the pre-game introduction. Even the weather cooperated and provided the conditions of the 1960s and sunny days to celebrate the steps towards normalization in the midst of a pandemic.
All that was missing was dramatics, then McNeil and Confort came.
The excitement of the second half erased what was another tough day for Mets. In 9th place, they were 0-6, with scoring runners, leaving eight boys as the base.
Taijuan Walker played strongly in Mets’ debut and allowed two runs in six innings. The Marlins didn’t manage the hits up to five times — Brian Anderson’s singles lined up two pitches to the right after thinking Walker had a called third strike — and ran up to six times. Did not get.
Miami hit with consecutive hits to open the sixth. Corey Dickerson doubled to the right field after Jon Berti’s single. When the ball bounced off an angled wall, it bounced off the fault and bounced to the left along the warning track, allowing Berti to easily score.
Jesús Aguilar defeated the left side of the infield with a two-out single to bring the Marlins forward.
The number of attendees announced was 8,011. Mets called it sold out, but the total was hundreds of fans below the limited capacity mentioned above (8.492).
Controversial Michael Conforto hit by pitch and Mets defeats Marlins at home opener
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