Francisco Lindor was the Mets’ hero within the first of two video games towards the Nationals on Saturday, saving his staff from the embarrassment of blowing a 9-0 lead with a two-run house run in additional innings to maintain the Amazin’s profitable streak alive.
Main off the ninth inning with two hits and two RBIs on the day already, Lindor blasted a 93.7 mph sinker from Nationals pitcher Kyle Finnegan into the second deck of Nationals Park to finally safe the Mets’ 11-9 win in Washington. Albert Almora Jr., who changed Brandon Nimmo when the beginning heart fielder exited with proper hamstring tightness within the second inning, scored after beginning the inning on second because the ghost runner.
Lindor completed the Saturday matinee 3-for-4 with two runs and 4 RBIs, together with a sacrifice fly all the way in which to the warning monitor within the Mets’ four-run second inning to attain Jonathan Villar for the 6-0 lead. Lindor did commit a throwing error within the sixth, when the Nationals closed the hole to 2 runs.
“[It was a] lengthy one, however very, very rewarding,” Lindor mentioned after the win. “A variety of the fellows received loads of hits, which at all times makes it enjoyable. Slightly bit annoyed with my error that led to the start [of the Nationals’ rally]. I’m protection first and I wasn’t happy with that one.
“Thank God with the group of men we now have, they decide us up, they picked me up, and gave us an opportunity to win.”
It has been an eventful week for Lindor, who signed a 10-year, $341 million extension with the Mets in April after getting traded from the Indians in January. The 27-year-old shortstop lately needed to apologize, together with Javier Baez, for a thumbs-down gesture that was supposed to be a dig on the followers — one thing proprietor Steve Cohen publicly condemned as “unacceptable.”
Since then, Lindor is 4-for-14 from the plate with a double, 5 RBIs and Saturday afternoon’s homer.
Lindor, a four-time All-Star, has largely underperformed in his first season in Flushing. In 98 video games with the Mets, he has posted a career-low .224 batting common with an on-base share of .313 and 12 homers — simply 4 greater than he hit throughout the pandemic-shortened 2020 season with Cleveland.