Mets takeaways from 7-0 win over Reds, including Dom Smith's grand slam

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Dominic Smith gestures toward Mets bench after hitting grand slam
Dominic Smith gestures toward Mets bench after hitting grand slam

The Mets used the homer to pull away from the Reds, and Marcus Stroman shut down Cincy in a 7-0 win at Great American Ballpark on Wednesday afternoon.

Takeaways from the game

1) The biggest blow in the game was Dom Smith’s grand slam, which came in the top of the third and set the tone early. He took a first-pitch curveball from Jeff Hoffman over the left field fence for his second career salami. Smith has been raking in July and he added another multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with those four RBI and run scored.

2) Stroman quieted anyone worried about his recent struggles, tossing eight shutout innings in this one. His location was masterful and he was keeping the Reds’ hitters off balance all game long. And as always, Stro played his position well with some solid plays when the ball was hit. Allowing just one hit and striking out seven, Stroman moved his ERA to 2.59. He also helped the fatigued Mets bullpen with this outing.

3) Jonathan Villar got the homer party started in the top of the second when he lifted a ball just over Aristides Aquino in right-center field. It was his only hit of the day and 10th homer on the season.

4) In the top of the fifth inning, Luis Guillorme made sure his homer column wasn’t dry on the 2021 season, launching his first one of the year for two runs. It was a shot that went to center field.

5) It was a rough day for Michael Conforto at the dish, as he went 0-for-5. However, he has been hitting much better of late and some of his outs came on solid contact and no strikeouts.

6) Jeurys Familia completed the shutout with a solid ninth inning, striking out the side.

Highlights

What’s Next

The Mets begin a three-game set with Tylor Megill getting the ball on Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citi Field.