Jeff Francoeur made not one, but two misplays on a Denard Span line drove down the right field line. Francoeur first bobbled the ball after it bounced off of the fence, then whiffed in an attempt to fire the ball into the cutoff man. As a result, Span was able to scamper to third base to put the tying run 90 feet away with one out in a 1-0 game in the fifth inning. Span eventually scored on Danny Espinosa’s sacrifice fly.
It wasn’t all bad for Francoeur. He homered to lead off the second inning, giving the Phillies their first run. He added an RBI single in the sixth to reduce to Phillies’ deficit to 3-2.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.