The Mets don’t like being hit by pitches, but they especially don’t like Joey Votto of the Reds being hit by a pitch Wednesday afternoon.
Manager Buck Showalter’s team has been drilled more than anyone: 78 times in 112 games after Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo were both hit in the Mets’ 10-2 win at Citi Field. They also argued a lot with opposing pitchers and umpires. The script was reversed when Votto may have tried to take one for the team.
The Reds were threatening in the fifth inning, down 6-2 with two goals and two outs. Taijuan Walker’s first pitch to Votto was an inside curveball one touch from the plate. The six-time All-Star’s well-protected right elbow dove with the breaking ball, and he soaked up the 74mph offer and quickly took over the top spot as Walker began to argue.
According to Walker, plate umpire Bruce Dreckman “said it always happened and it would have hit him anyway,” the right-hander said after allowing two runs in six innings.
Soon Showalter was also on the court talking with Dreckman.
The Mets manager wouldn’t publicly allege that Votto tried to get hit to load the bases.
“I should go through it and watch it. I’m definitely not going to,” Showalter said, before pausing for a moment. “Joey Votto is a great player and has been for a long time.”
Votto already had a single and a double against Walker, so maybe the Mets took advantage of the free base. The right-hander charged in and threw a good slider to Donovan Solano, who rebounded in the final out of the inning.
“[Votto] had two hits on me, so you’d think he’d want to swing,” Walker said. “But that’s how it is. We got through it.”
Prior to the game, the Mets hosted the first Women’s Day at Citi Field. Many players wore shirts with “Women in Baseball” written on the back, and during the game at least 13 Mets changed their music to celebrate a female performer.
Walker warmed up to Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls)”. The most entertaining selection of songs was Daniel Vogelbach’s on Kelis’ “Milkshake.”
To celebrate women in sports, the Mets hosted a panel comprised of women from the club’s front office, including Major League Operations Director Elizabeth Benn, Chief Revenue Strategy and Innovation Officer Janaki Cash, executive director of broadcast and special events Lorraine Hamilton, vice president of baseball stadium operations Sue Lucchi and Erica Scherzer, wife of Max Scherzer. The panel was moderated by Mets game host Emily Reppert.
Queens native Olivia Pichardo, a pitcher who was recently named to the 2022 Women’s National Baseball Team, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“It means a lot to me and our organization,” Showalter said. “It’s a given – why wouldn’t it be? And why hasn’t it been? I mean, we’ve won games this year, I think sometimes [because of] contributions we have received from people in the organization who happen to be women.
“Hopefully we will get to the point where there is no longer a need for this recognition. But right now there are. So it’s very important.
Tyler Naquin’s third-inning home run was thrown 439 feet, which is the sixth-deepest hit by a Mets hitter this season.
The deepest was a James McCann shot on April 22 in Arizona that traveled about 452 feet.
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