All Michael Cuddyer had to do to get back to batting-title form was grow a goatee.
Cuddyer, 3-for-3 on the day, walked, scored a run, and drove in the winning run in the seventh inning. Juan Uribe, starting at second base for the second time since 2011, was 2-for-4, including a huge 2-RBI double to center. The other two runs came off of RBI singles from Noah Syndergaard and Anthony Recker.
Syndergaard seemed to be continuing his home dominance through his first five innings, striking out three and only allowing four hits. Following the 494th home run of David Ortiz’s career in the sixth, a ground-rule double by Jackie Bradley Jr., the Sox had scored three runs in a less than two inning span off Syndergaard, running him from the game. Ortiz’s sixth-inning dinger put him in 27th place for all-time home runs, passing Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff.
Hansel Robles was then summoned from the bullpen, giving up a horribly misplayed bloop triple to Mookie Betts (yes, a bloop triple), giving the Sox their fourth run in two innings. Tyler Clippard limited the damage in both the seventh and eighth innings, paving the way for Cuddyer’s seventh inning heroics:
Jeurys Familia, who has been un-scored-upon in his last 17 innings, shut the Sox down in the ninth inning to put his 35th save in the books, salvaging the third and final game of the series.
It’s great to see Michael Cuddyer, whom the Mets signed to a two-year, $21 million contract this past offseason, finally coming around. He has had three three-hit games in the past week, which is definitely a reason for Mets fans to be optimistic. Cuddyer’s recent offensive burst makes the Mets bench un-defeatable with what seems to be everlasting depth, along with Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares, Michael Conforto, and even Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Young Jr. once September call-ups occur. It’s a great time to be a Mets fan.
Bartolo Colon and the Mets will face off against Jerad Eickhoff and the Phillies tomorrow for the second time this week. This time, the Mets are on their home turf at Citi Field. The game will broadcasted on SNY at 7:10pm.