April 12, 2021

Mets rally to win home opener on walk-off hit-by-pitch (New York Post)

Michael Conforto heard a smattering of boos from the COVID-limited sellout crowd of 8,011 at Citi Field for Thursday’s home opener upon hitting into a double play to conclude the seventh inning. His next at-bat was more celebrated.

Batting with the bases loaded in a tie game in the ninth inning, Conforto leaned into the strike zone and took an Anthony Bass slider off his right elbow, sending the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Marlins.

Plate umpire Ron Kulpa ruled that Bass’ pitch clipped Conforto’s elbow guard. Marlins manager Don Mattingly argued the call – on replay it appeared Conforto leaned into the pitch – but was told the play was not reviewable.

Jeff McNeil’s game-tying homer against Bass leading off the ninth helped rescue the Mets, who had only four hits to that point. McNeil had started the season 0-for-10.

The Mets were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base. They will hobble into Friday’s day off 6-for-35 (.171) with runners in scoring position this season.

In his Mets debut, Taijuan Walker lasted six innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts….

Read “Mets rally to win home opener on walk-off hit-by-pitch” at New York Post