LOS ANGELES — Pete Alonso gave Dodger fans a sneak peek of what he’ll be doing here in just over a month, when he’ll enter Chavez Ravine as the two-time defending Home Run Derby champion.

The Mets slugger hit a pair of powerful home runs, the first a two-run shot and the second a three-run dinger, and led the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night. Alonso is set to bring his baseball-smashing prowess to Dodger Stadium on July 18 for the Home Run Derby. Los Angeles will host this year’s All-Star Game festivities.

“I still haven’t gotten an invite yet,” said Alonso, tongue-in-cheek, about being warmed up for a potential three-peat Home Run Derby title.

Alonso on Saturday entered the top 10 on the Mets’ all-time home run list after his 13th career multi-homer night. The 27-year-old tied Kevin McReynolds with 122 career home runs. Alonso is just four home runs shy of being halfway to the all-time Mets’ home run leader, Darryl Strawberry, who is first with 252.

“That’s sick, I didn’t know that,” said Alonso upon learning he joined the club’s top 10 home run leaders list.

Alonso’s 53 RBI in 55 games are tied for the most in MLB.

“We just needed the win today,” he continued. “That’s a top team over there. The past couple nights were tough ballgames. … For us to come back and take one, that’s really important for us moving forward. … Today we showed we’re just as good, if not better, than they are.”

Francisco Lindor homered in the first inning off right-hander Walker Buehler to mark just the second Mets run in their last 19 innings. It was also their first lead of the series. Though David Peterson gave up that lead in the second, in part because of an error from his first baseman, the Mets did an excellent job of responding right back in the third.

Alonso cemented the shortest start of Buehler’s career when he parked his 15th home run of the season to left field off the Dodgers starter. He was the final batter Buehler faced. The righty pitched just 2.1 innings and coughed up five runs across 65 pitches. Alonso’s 16th home run of the year came on a 100 mph sinker from Brusdar Graterol, which resulted in a line-drive bullet that left the park at lightning speed.

“It’s unbelievable,” Peterson said of Alonso. “I don’t think we expect …read more

Source:: The Mercury News


Pete Alonso enters top 10 on Mets’ all-time home run list with two-dinger night against Dodgers

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