New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes banged out the decisive blow in Sunday’s sweep of the Nationals, grooving a run scoring single in the 12th inning.
Coming up to the plate wearing the collar with three punch outs, Cespedes flared a jamshot into shallow left center to score Juan Lagares. The Mets would hold on to win on the strength of Jacob Rhame in the bottom half of the inning.
Cespedes had been dealing with fever like symptoms since Saturday and wasn’t on the top of his game, but still came up big when it mattered most.
Regardless, the slugger has still homered in two of his last four games and has four RBI and three runs scored in those games. Céspedes has three home runs and eight RBI in eight games this year overall.
While it’s undeniable how much of an impact he has on the club when healthy, Cespedes also raved about the team after Sunday night’s victory.
“In my six years in the big leagues this is the best team I’ve ever been on,” Cespedes said. “We’ve been showing it and we’ll keep proving it.”
The Mets and Cespedes will look to let the good times roll in Miami, where Cespedes has thrived in the past.
Céspedes has hit .296 (29-for-98) with 21 runs scored, five homers, 17 RBI and a .355 on-base percentage in 24 career games in Marlins Park.