The Mets have needed to dip into their Triple-A Syracuse roster recently to alleviate some of the injuries plaguing their core players. And those have been called up are making an immediate impact.
For today's comeback win, that recent call-up was Carlos Gomez.
With two runners on and the Mets down one, Gomez found himself in a hole with a 1-2 count and two outs already on the board. But Wander Suero didn't hit his spot with a fastball, and Gomez put a quick swing on it to lift it over the fence for a three-run homer. And that was all she wrote as the Mets swept the four-game series.
Of course, Gomez' boisterous personality was on full display as he rounded the bases. The Citi Field crowd was cheering him on the whole way, and it was a moment that reminded Gomez of why he is grateful he plays this game.
"I mean, it's unbelievable. I think I'm blessed," Gomez said about the moment. "Came back here in this situation and playing the way that we're playing right now with a lot of energy and I enjoy it every single time. You guys can notice I'm in the dugout, playing defense like a little kid. So I'm [going] to enjoy every single moment that God gives me to play the game that I love."
Though Gomez knew he got a good piece of the ball with a stylized bat flip and poise after contact, he admitted he didn't think the ball was going to carry over the fence. But after seeing it carry over, he just couldn't stop sprinting.
Blame the adrenaline.
"I'm running because I didn't think that ball was [going] out, and the ball kept going and going," he said. "Those dramatic homers like this after they walked [Wilson] Ramos and I can put a good swing to the ball and contribute like that, it's really special."
As Gomez mentions, the Nationals thought it smart to intentionally walk Ramos to face Gomez instead. Well, that kind of knocked him out of his on-deck routine.
"I'm not even ready to hit," he said laughing. "I don't have my swing ready."
It didn't look that way, and luckily for the Mets, that was the case. Gomez was the latest bench player to change the tone of the game in this series. Last night, it was Juan Lagares and Rajai Davis -- who made it to Citi Field in the third inning before his three-run bomb in the eighth -- that made big impacts in that win. And the night before, J.D. Davis hit a big three-run homer that aided in the Mets' walk-off win.
The Mets have loved what they've seen from their bench players and call-ups, as their hustle and determination to make an impact when they hear their names called has been showcased. And speaking of hustle, Gomez even lost his shoe stealing a couple bases earlier in the game.
After taking second base, Gomez didn't hesitate when the ball went into the outfield, and began booking it to third. But on the way, his left shoe came off before he slid in safe.
"I don't know man. I put on some different shoes and my left foot is smaller than the right," Gomez said about his trip around the bases. "So I [didn't] tie that left shoe like really tight. When I'm running, I go too fast and they come off."
Like the rest of the Mets' clubhouse, Gomez was all smiles while explaining his late-inning heroics. And the Mets want to keep those good spirits alive at Citi Field when they host the Tigers this weekend.