Francisco Lindor spent much of Tuesday’s pregame on the clubhouse couch huddled under a blanket, resembling somebody who might have celebrated too much the previous night.
But the star shortstop was wide awake and full of energy when the Mets needed him most.
Lindor smashed a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning that helped deliver the Mets a sixth straight victory, 7-5 over the Brewers at American Family Field. The Mets remained one game ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East, a night after clinching the franchise’s first postseason berth since 2016 and acknowledging the accomplishment with a champagne toast.
“We’re in a fight and we have got to come out every day and do our best.”
Lindor’s slam came after lefty Taylor Rogers walked the bases loaded in the seventh. An inning earlier Pete Alonso mashed a three-run homer that put life into a Mets lineup that managed only one hit through five innings. Overall, the Mets had only four hits.