Jeff McNeil crushes a solo homer to right field for his eighth of the season, putting the Mets ahead 2-1 in the third inning
Miami Marlins reliever Richard Bleier entered Tuesday's game having never been called for a balk in 303 big-league appearances. It took him less than a full inning to triple his career total during one of the strangest sequences of the season.The madness for Bleier started after he gave up a two-out single to New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil in the bottom of the eighth. Umpires then called balks on two of his next three pitches, giving McNeil free passage from first to second base and then on to third. Bleier, who has never been called for a balk in his career, has been called for two in less than an inning pic.twitter.com/2IAI2rPQME Shea Station (@shea_station) September 28, 2022 Later in the same at-bat, Bleier committed a third balk that brought McNeil home to cut Miami's lead to 6-4. Marlins manager Don Mattingly exploded on the umpires, leading to his ejection. Richard Bleier has balked in a run! pic.twitter.com/M1tIRNH5gg SNY (@SNYtv) September 28, 2022 The sequence made Bleier just the sixth pitcher in history to record three balks in an inning and the first since Pittsburgh's Jim Gott in 1988, according to Baseball Almanac. He's also the first pitcher to commit three balks in a single game since the Mets' Mike Pelfrey on May 17, 2009, according to Christopher Kamka of NBC Sports Chicago.Despite the mayhem, Miami held on to beat New York. Copyright © 2022 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
Time Machine Tuesday stops by Citi Field in 2019, when the Mets hosted the North Shore Animal League, and Jeff McNeil and his wife Tatiana adopted Willow the Dog. Jeff gave his new puppy credit for a hot stretch and hitting home runs.
Brandon Nimmo exits the game in the first Inning with a leg injury, while Jeff McNeil is shaken up on a few plays in the outfield. Steve Gelbs attempts the Sausage Race. Mike Brosseau comes up big for the Brew Crew with with a pinch-hit grand slam.
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