Francisco Lindor hits walk-off two-run double in Mets’ win over Cubs

NEW YORK — For several days, Francisco Lindor had been feeling ill. But the situation deteriorated enough Wednesday night that Lindor requested to withdraw from the game.

“I was going to throw up at shortstop,” Lindor said. “Or do No. 2 at shortstop.”

Feeling unhappy, Lindor returned home, where his wife, Katia, had prepared a treatment package for him. Next to her bed, Katia placed water, anti-nausea medication, Tylenol, Pedialyte, and an empty bag, just in case. He barely slept and woke up still sick. But upon arriving at Citi Field and receiving intravenous fluids, Lindor began begging manager Carlos Mendoza to put him in the lineup.

“I knew this was going to happen,” Mendoza said.

The manager relented, albeit to a point: Lindor would start Thursday’s series finale against the Cubs on the bench, then enter at some point in the game. As Mendoza told him: “Listen, I’m going to give you the first four or five rounds, because I know you’re going to do well. »

And that’s what Lindor did. Twice. His two-run, one-hitter double brought the Mets within striking distance in the sixth inning, before his two-run double in the 11th gave them a 7-6 victory over the Cubs.

“It’s great,” teammate Starling Marte said through a translator. “When you have a player like that suffering from an illness, it’s just very uncomfortable. For him to be able to step up and get two big hits in that game in times when we needed it was really special.

Marte – literally – played a supporting role, joining Ian Happ and Bernard Gilkey to become the third player in the last 50 years to throw out multiple home runners in extra innings. His first pitch was a 96.8 mph rope from right field to down Christopher Morel, who was trying to score on a sacrifice fly in the 10th. His second was a 92.7 mph pitch in the 11th to keep the Mets within one run of the lead.

With an automatic runner on first in the bottom of the 11th, the Mets took advantage when reliever Daniel Palencia hit Harrison Bader with a pitch to put the potential go-ahead run on base. Lindor followed with six pitches at bat against Palencia, placing the final offering in the left field corner to plate both runners.

This gave Danny Young, the last available pitcher in New York’s bullpen, his first career Major League win. It also added to the growing resume of Lindor, who matched his season high with four RBIs despite coming off the bench.

“Today I was an actor,” Lindor said. “That’s what it comes down to. I had to be ready every time my name was called.

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