Pete Alonso was brimming with confidence after blasting a two-run home run off Braves starter Bryce Elder to give the Mets a 4-1 lead in the third inning in Tuesday night’s series opener.
After Alonso deposited his 22nd home run into the left field seats with the help of a hanging Elder slider, the Mets slugger made his trip around the bases, returned to his dugout, and begged Elder to give him that pitch again the next time he was up.
“Throw it again!” Alonso yelled out to Elder from the dugout. “Throw it again! Please, throw it again!”
Unfortunately for Alonso, that was the high point of the night for New York, as the Mets squandered that 4-1 lead, not scoring again in an eventual 6-4 loss to fall another game behind in the NL East standings, while Alonso went 0-for-2 with a strikeout after his home run.
As for Elder, he didn’t give Alonso’s comments much attention after the game, nor during the game, as he told reporters he didn’t hear Alonso from the dugout.
“If I hit one onto the concourse, I might holler too,” Elder said. “I don't know. I've never hit a homer.”
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