A wild Friday night game ended on a hit that went only a few feet.
Making his second career plate appearance, Patrick Mazeika hit a walk-off dribbler in front of home plate, where pitcher Stefan Crichton could not field it in time to get the force out at home. The Mets beat the D-backs, 5-4, on the play.
That ended a game that saw Francisco Lindor hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the seventh, shortly after appearing to be involved in a skirmish in the Mets’ clubhouse tunnel.
Lindor and Jeff McNeil appeared to miscommunicate on a Nick Ahmed ground ball to shortstop in the seventh inning. With McNeil shifted over to the second-base bag, he came close enough to Lindor that he had to duck to avoid the shortstop’s throw. As a result, Lindor bounced the ball to first base, allowing Ahmed to reach on an infield single. It was the second notable miscommunication this season for Lindor and McNeil, who also nearly collided on a single up the middle during the Mets’ four-error game in Chicago last month.
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