No, Daniel Vogelbach does not have a big white beard, but what he does have has seemed to bring back some of the spirit for the first-place Mets. Making his debut with the team after being acquired on Friday from Pittsburgh, Vogelbach reached base twice and seemed to spark the Mets during an 8-5 Sunday night win over San Diego.
The Mets began the night struggling against Padres starter Joe Musgrove, who did not allow a hit for the first four innings. Vogelbach led off the fifth with an eight pitch at-bat, capped off by a base hit to put him on base for the first time in blue and orange. Statistically seen as one of the slowest players in baseball, the 270-pound Vogelbach went first to third when Mark Canha doubled to left field. Both runners would be stranded in the inning.
“He kind of got us off the schneid, so to speak,” manager Buck Showalter said. “I think people kind of rallied around his first hit as a Met and I think that was a good feeling in the dugout for a lot of reasons.”
Despite coming up empty, the spark had seemingly been ignited as the Mets would cash in some long overdue runs an inning later. Starling Marte and Francisco Lindor both reached base to lead off the sixth inning, setting the table for Pete Alonso’s 25th home run of the season. Alonso would drive in four runs overall, doubling in the seventh to score Marte again and take the league lead with 82 runs batted in.