The first walk was a novelty for a Mets team that, until the fifth inning Wednesday, had mustered only one baserunner against Twins starter Jake Odorizzi. The second was a hint that perhaps something was amiss. By the time Odorizzi walked a third consecutive batter, the Mets were sure what was happening — and so were the Twins, who lifted their pitcher.
That was when the curious turned into the remarkable. Reliever Andrew Vasquez entered and forced in three consecutive runs with a bases-loaded hit batsman and two more walks. A second reliever, Trevor Hildenberger, walked another batter to cap the sequence, prompting Mets play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen’s spot-on assessment: “This is nuts!”
All told, seven consecutive Mets reached base without benefit of a hit or an error in the fifth inning of their 9-6 victory over the Twins. Counting the singles that bookended the rally, nine straight Mets reached base.