Pete Alonso Hits HR In Third Straight Game, Inches Closer to Mets Record

Alec Gearty
August 07, 2019 - 3:03 pm
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Pete Alonso thrives against the Miami Marlins, who are finding out firsthand how the Mets' first baseman won the 2019 Home Run Derby.

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The Mets slugger tallied his third home run in as many days against the Marlins on Wednesday when he sent Jordan Yamamoto's pitch 387 feet over the left-field wall. The two-run home run gave Alonso's Mets an early advantage as New York ultimately won 7-2, sweeping Miami to extend its winning streak to six games. New York has won 13 of its last 14 games -- and is 19-6 since the All Star break -- climbing closer to within one game back of a wild-card position. 

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Michael Conforto followed Alonso's lead, launching his 24th and 25th home runs on the season during the matinee matchup. Conforto took Yamamoto yard in the third inning before capping off the Mets' powerful afternoon with his second home run in the seventh inning. New York recorded four home runs in the win.

Alonso feels that the Mets could make a run at the NL East crown if they manage to keep up their winning ways. 

"We got a chance to do something really great," Alonso told reporters following the game. "But let's say we keep this up and win all six ... that's going to put us, not just in wild card talks, a chance to win the division."

While Conforto and Alonso have played a significant role in the Mets' remarkable turnaround from outcasts to playoff hopefuls, Alonso is marching toward setting a franchise record. Alonso's first-inning home run marked his 37th of the season, breaking into the top 10 of New York's single-season home run leaders. Carlos Beltran (2006) and Todd Hundley (1996) set the franchise's all-time mark with 41 home runs in a season.

Alonso, who hit his first MLB homer against the Marlins in April, has recorded seven home runs in 15 games against Miami. The Florida native is batting .260 this season and leads the Mets with 83 RBIs. Since Alonso is four shy of the record, it's becoming more likely that setting the record isn't a matter of if, but when