Wednesday night's game against the Baltimore Orioles was one that the Mets could have easily given up on.
After getting walloped 11-2 on Tuesday and facing an early 5-1 deficit, the Mets instead refused to go away without a fight, slamming four home runs and making a number of outstanding plays both in the field and at the plate to come away with a 7-6 win and keep playoff hope alive.
Almost every player seemed to come up big, from Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Andres Gimenez and Pete Alonso all homering (with Alonso's eighth-inning blast serving as the game-winner), to stellar defensive plays from McNeil, Conforto and Luis Guillorme, just about every Met was part of the effort.
"Every single win just matters so much, especially at this point of the year. The way that we won today, like there are so many incredible instances where the game changed," said Alonso, who launched an eighth-inning solo shot off of Hunter Harvey to give the Mets their only lead of the game. I"t was just from a tremendous group effort when you’ve got guys like Jeff and (Conforto) and Guillorme making unbelievable, web gem-type plays to save the game in certain instances, and you’ve got guys like Jeff hitting a big homer, (Gimenez) hitting a big homer.
"I got lucky enough to be put in a spot to put our team up. It was just a huge collective group effort ... This was a huge team win moving forward, and it’s exciting."
No defensive play was bigger than Conforto's potential season-saving catch. With the Orioles up 6-5 in the top of the sixth inning, Rio Ruiz had a chance with the bases loaded to break the game open. He drove a ball out to right, but Conforto tracked it perfectly and made an amazing over-the-shoulder grab right at the wall.
"Mike’s the silky elk, he surprises everybody," said Alonso. "Seeing him make that unbelievable play, that was just nothing short of special."
"Definitely the kind of play where you almost surprise yourself," Conforto admitted after the game. "I had a good line on it. I broke, I was able to find the wall before I made my jump. The bullpen was yelling that I had room. In that situation, you've just got to go up for it. Luckily, my glove was just long enough and I came down with it.
"That was a big part of the game."
Now, the hope for the Mets is they can use Conforto's monster effort to not just come away with the win, but to build something towards a potential playoff push.
"His play kept us in the game in that particular moment. … It’s definitely one of those momentum changers, so you’re thinking of that," said Luis Rojas afterwards. "You’re like ‘Okay, this is a play that we’re going to look back (to), we’re going to think of if we make a comeback and get the W.’”