New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 17: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets celebrates a two-run home run with Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets during the seventh inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on April 17, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)


Another ball game, another superlative pitching effort by a New York Mets starter. David Peterson, filling for injured Taijuan Walker was solid, allowing only three hits over 4.1 shutout innings, while the Mets bullpen was tidy in a 5-0 victory.

While Peterson didn’t get the win, the Mets got a huge contribution from a much-maligned bullpen that came into play on Sunday having pitched to a combined 4.50 ERA thus far this season. On Sunday, Trevor Williams, Chasen Shreve, Drew Smith, and Edwin Diaz combined to keep the Arizona Diamondbacks off the scoreboard.

Offensively, the Mets scratched out three runs in the sixth inning. After Francisco Lindor singled, and Pete Alonso popped into a fielder’s choice, erasing Lindor at second; Eduardo Escobar doubled home Alonso to give the Mets a 1-0 lead.

A walk to Dom Smith was followed by a single by JD Davis, scoring Escobar to give the Mets a 2-0 advantage. Smith would finally score on a sac fly by James McCann. The Diamondbacks tried to appeal the play, but J.D. Davis took full advantage of a loophole in the appeal play by stealing second base, thus distracting Arizona pitcher Oliver Perez from making the appeal.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pete Alonso cracked his third home of the year on a line drive to left-center for a two-run shot. Alonso owns an MLB best 14 RBIs in the young season.

The Mets (7-3) will host the San Francisco Giants (7-2) in a four-game series beginning Monday night. Every single game of that series will feature a terrific pitching matchup as the Giants are second in the Majors in ERA at 2.34. The Mets are right behind them at 2.44.