Usually, when a player hits a dramatic go-ahead home run in a late inning at home like Todd Frazier did for the Mets in Thursday’s 7-3 victory over the Giants, the cheers from the crowd are immediate. But this one was different.
Everyone on the field and in the stands seemed to pause, uncertain whether the ball was going to leave the park. Even the pitcher who allowed it, Mark Melancon, didn’t have the normal disappointed reaction to giving up a home run. Instead, with a runner on second and one out, Melancon ran to back up the throw home in case the ball got in the gap.
But it never landed in the park; it was a tiebreaking home run that put the Mets up 5-3 for a lead they would not relinquish.