The Mets and Phillies exchanged leads in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader several times before being locked into a 3-3 tie going into extra innings.
In the 10th, however, it was Wilmer Flores again who played the clutch hero.
The infielder clubbed a ball off pitcher Victor Arano that banged off the left field foul pole and the crowd went wild.
“I mean, it’s almost getting to a point where you expect it,” Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler said. “When the game is on the line, that’s the guy you want to have up there. Doing a nice job. He’s hot right now. Hopefully he continues.
“But like I said, it’s almost to a point where it’s a given he’s going to walk it off.”
Flores now has the New York Mets franchise record with 10 walk-off RBI. His 10 walk-off RBI since 2014 also leads Major League Baseball.
“It doesn’t get old,” Flores said. “It’s always good to celebrate with your teammates when you win a ballgame.”
As Wheeler said, it’s almost to be expected at this point. When Flores digs into the dish in situations like Monday, you can just feel a walk-off coming.
“I think a lot of people have said that. I guess he’s been very successful in the past about it,” Manager Mickey Callaway said between Games 1 and 2. “Some guys just step up in those situations. It’s good to have him on the bench.”
What’s even more impressive is that Flores did it Monday in pinch hit fashion. The infielder added that even he can’t explain all of his walk-off heroics.
“I can’t tell you why. All I know is that I got in a good hitter’s count and I got the pitch that I was looking for,” Flores said. “This time I was thinking about a walkoff, because I know that everybody was.”
Flores had the Mets’ only two hits in the night cap as well. He was the only player (on either team) to have a hit in both games of yesterday’s twinbill. He went 3-5 with a homer, double, two RBI and a run scored in yesterday’s doubleheader. Flores is also hitting .306 (41-for-134) in his last 42 games with 12 doubles, six homers and 22 RBI since May 4.
“I’m glad Flo got a chance to hit in that situation,” Callaway said.“Tonight, big situation again, and he put another good swing on probably a pitch that wasn’t executed and he made them pay.”