Update: Alonso keeps impressing league

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New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso celebrates after hitting a home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Saturday, June 8, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Pete Alonso, a former standout at the University of Florida, homered to highlight the first four-hit game of his young career in the New York Mets’ 10-2 win Tuesday at Atlanta.

Alonso also had a double in the first, a walk in the sixth and an infield single in the seventh to complete his big night. In addition to three RBIs, he scored three times.

The 24-year-old is hitting .308 across the past seven days and now has 24 home runs, second in all of baseball, to go with 57 RBI.

UPDATE: On Sunday, Alonso went deep once again to set a team record in the 5-3 loss to Atlanta.

Alonso hit his 27th home run in the fourth, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

“Thankfully I saw two of them in the previous at-bat and saw it long enough and put a really good swing on it,” Alonso said. “I’m proud of it, but I wish we won today. It was a tough loss.”

Alonso connected in his 77th game while Strawberry hit 26 in 133 games in 1983. The Mets’ record for homers in a season is 41, shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.

Strawberry took note.

“Congrats to Pete for breaking my record which has stood for a long time,” Strawberry said in a statement. “What he’s done in a short period of time is most impressive. No goal seems out of reach.”

Alonso is nearing Mark McGwire’s major league record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break, 33 set in 1987.

5 COMMENTS

  1. I can log in again!

    I have been following Pete’s pro career ever since some other Gator joined his team. The other Gator is floundering mightily but Pete is killin’ it. Good for Pete. Maybe that other Gator will turn it around but it is looking less and less likely.

  2. I don’t get it. Great for Pete….he was one of my favorites and you had to know he would make it …..if not to this degree of success so soon. Wow! What a future!!!
    What I don’t get is what the GS sports writers have against Shaun Anderson. Guy pitches his guts out for the Gators, sets records, should have been a starter but kept his mouth shut, etc.
    Now in the bigs with San Fran as a starter and had his first start about a month ago….has a win for a very bad team etc. We hear about almost everyone else, whether in the bigs or not but not a peep about Shaun…..unless I missed it ….as I don’t live online as some do….and if so I apologize up front.
    But if Im right……shame on GS sports guys.

    • tw: Rookie Shaun Anderson, who dropped to 2-2 Wednesday night after giving up three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings in the 9-0 San Francisco Giants loss to the L.A. Dodgers, has been mentioned in our Gators in MLB piece on this site, as have others. Alonso is just putting up huge numbers.

  3. which one?
    at least you guys are watching what we say
    but you have to admit that for one of the only pitchers in the last few years to make the bigs and for his contributions to Gator baseball, he has gotten very little ink

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