SAN DIEGO – It has taken a long time for Eduardo Escobar to warm up this season. But he went on to cycle in 2012 to become the first player in the Mets, when his team won 11-5 against the San Diego Padres on Monday night, it looked like he would never stop playing.
Every time a player goes on a cycle, director Buck Showalter said, “It’s fun to watch. But especially him. You know how much that means to his teammates. It’s almost like they hit it.”
Escobar took a single two-run run in the first inning against the Blake Snell Padres starter. He hit a pair against Snell to advance to the fourth inning. In the eighth he ran two runs against Craig Stammen’s relay and then took full advantage of the cycle with two triple runs against the Tim Hill relay in the ninth.
According to Make statisticsEscobar was the first player in the history of the major leagues to achieve a cycle in the eighth with a homer and in the ninth with a trio.
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It was the first cycle of the Mets since Scott Hairston did it in 2012, and when Escobar knew he was in the box exactly where he was and what he needed. He said the ball fell to the right grass while he was sprinting to third base.
“I was just happy,” said Francisco Lindor of the parabot. “They don’t eat often.”
“I was really happy with what he did tonight,” said starting player Carlos Carrasco, who left the run with only two runs in seven innings in the first five games of this 10-game trip to the West.
Escobar’s energy is contagious and his personality is contagious. A long-established presence of clubs in Minnesota, Arizona and Milwaukee, Escobar signed a two-year, $ 20 million deal with Mets in December. 1, before locking. After a warm start, Escobar hit just .212 in May. But now he has 20 60 (.333) in the last 14 games.
And his last two games are even better.
Escobar’s sacrifice fly came on Sunday at the end of a tiring 10 in the eighth inning in Los Angeles, which put the Mets ahead 3-2 before the Dodgers equalized and the Mets won 5-4. 10th. He made five pitches against Brusdar Graterol all of a sudden, four in a row before running home.
“I think his teammates will tell you that yesterday could suddenly be one of the best of the year,” Showalter said. “This is an example of what everyone is trying to do.”
Then it was San Diego on Monday and a 4-5 night game with six RBIs. It was the 11th overall cycle in Mets history, and the first of any player in Petco Park’s 19-year history.
Escobar thanked coach Eric Chavez and his teammates for pushing the gap at the start of the season as he struggled to get into a slot on the plate. “Your moment is coming,” several told him.
They were doing it in a general sense, of course. But Monday was another special moment for Mets on a string of them so far this season.
“It adds to the journey,” Lindor said.
Escobar received a standing ovation from a small group of Mets fans gathered for a sudden celebration behind the Petco Park visitor box.
Yes, Escobar noticed.
“Great time,” he said. “It’s unbelievable.”
Then he exploded on his arrival when the entrance to the dugout was over.
“He’s very quietly returning to his career,” Showalter said. “That’s why you trust guys who are so good at makeup and want so much. He gets frustrated, but he never goes out on the field and never takes him to the club. He is a good example for everyone.
“I think everyone gets a special emotion. It was a lot of fun at the club. His statement about ‘I’m proud of you’ all the time has been thrown at him tonight. “