There was some confusion on Wednesday when the Mets and Brewers apparently agreed on a deal involving All-Star outfielder Carlos Gomez. The Mets were to get Gomez in exchange for pitcher Zack Wheeler and infielder Wilmer Flores. The news spread like wildfire, and Flores got wind of it during Wednesday’s game against the Padres. He began crying on the field, as he was about to leave the organization he’d been with since he was 16 years old.
And then the trade fell though. Awkward.
When he might have otherwise been in Milwaukee with new teammates, Flores started at second base for the Mets on Friday night and played a rather important role in a win against the Nationals. He broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with an RBI single to left field against Gio Gonzalez, the only run the Mets would muster through 10 innings. In the 12th, Flores hit a walk-off solo home run to left-center off of reliever Felipe Rivero.
After the last 48 or so hours Flores has had, you can’t help but feel happy for the guy.
Flores is batting .251/.283/.387 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI on the season.
The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.
In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.
The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.