Rookie Tylor Megill was the pitcher who stole the show again the night he first confronted his old friend with the Mets adding the necessary starters.
Hours after the Mets replaced the veteran left-handed Rich Hill to strengthen the rotation, Megil defeated former Mets Steven Matz 3-0 in Citi Field on Friday night to open an 11-game home stand. So, I continued the unexpected rookie ascension.
Pete Alonso was shown to be carrying a stuffed animal in a dug out after clubbing two home runs and firing a second blast in the eighth inning. Arizona, and three rescuers.
Megil threw scoreless innings six times in two consecutive starts, dropping ERA to 2.10 in six big league appearances.
Edwin Diaz has had four chances to score his first save in his ninth scoreless save and completed Mets’ first consecutive shutout set this season. Marcus Stroman and Jeurys Familia won a 7-0 batter in Cincinnati on Wednesday.
Twenty-five-year-old Megil (1-0) won his first major league win and recorded his first career hit — from single to right against Mats in the fifth inning.
In Pittsburgh last weekend, Seth Lugo and Diaz cleared nine runs in the last two innings of the 9-7 Mets defeat to flush the lead of the six runs that Megil left the game.
The 6-foot-7 Lighty, who kicked off the season at Double A Binghamton, took two strikeouts and one walk on Friday before Lugo replaced the 2-0 lead and started the seven. Allowed singles.
Alonso provided a quick 2-0 lead in a two-run blast (20th season) to the left fielder off the coast of Matz in the first inning. He rocked his second home run that night, giving 450 feet of influence to the second deck in the middle left, leading third to eighth with left-side reliever Ryan Volkki.
The first Mets on Alonso’s Mats crime came minutes after a Long Island-raised left-handed man tilted his hat to a partial standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd. It followed the video tribute that the Mets showed on the scoreboard after Megil retired from the side at the top of the first inning.
At the start of the season, 17 ERAs of 4.34 and 8-5 Mats were traded to Toronto in the off-season after six seasons with the Mets. Alonso’s home run marked the only two runs allowed before Matz scored two outs and took a walk to Michael Conforto at Home 6 before leaving for more cheers.
Confort helped Megil post the final zero by charging Bo Bichette’s softliner to the right twice out of six and catching it on the belly flop.
“This kid is getting better every day, he’s learning … and I’m looking forward to seeing him,” said manager Luis Rojas after the start before Megil. “This guy is young and has little experience at the big league level, so he does a lot of good things.
“When you’re in trouble, you have a pitcher here … I think this is someone who can make a difference.”
Lugo, who was tagged with five earned runs on eight outings in front of Megil, worked unscored on Friday night. The correct setup man was helped by heads-up play by second baseman Luis Guillorme. Luis Guillorme backed up Alonso’s booted ball, taking Cavan Biggio third in the first place.
After Trevor May finished his eighth unscathed, Diaz made a perfect ninth with his 20th save of the season, but has had four chances to face Pirates since July 10.
Tyler Megil steals the show as the Mets lock out the Blue Jays
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