New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 19: Max Scherzer #21 of the New York Mets throws a pitch during the first inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 19, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

The New York Mets remain hot as a firecracker to start the 2022 season. The Amazin’s swept a double-header from the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, winning the first game in dramatic extra-inning fashion, and riding the right arm of Max Scherzer in the nightcap.

The Mets now own the best record in baseball at 9-3 entering play on Wednesday. And they have done it with a combination of stellar starting pitching and clutch hitting.

New York found itself down 4-1 in Game 1 before storming back in the fifth inning to tie it. Jeff McNeil lined a double down the line to drive in James McCann and Travis Jankowski to slim the Giants lead down to 4-3. Francisco Lindor followed with a base hit to left-center, driving in McNeill with the tying run. The game remained tied at four heading into extras, and once again Lindor came up clutch again, blooping a base hit into shallow center, allowing Brandon Nimmo to score to give the Mets a thrilling 5-4 victory.

In the nightcap, it was all Max Scherzer. Making his first start in a Mets uniform at Citi Field, Scherzer dominated the Giants, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, with 10 strikeouts.  The Giants managed only two hits, and not one of them was for extra bases.

The Mets got all the runs Scherzer needed in the third inning  when Eduardo Escobar lined a two-run double to right, scoring Lindor and Pete Alonso. Later in the frame Dominic Smith brought in Escobar on a single.