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Pete Alonso smashes bat over leg after striking out against Giants

Five innings. Two runs. Six strikouts. One snapped bat.

That’s Conner Menez’s statline from a strong major league debut Sunday, when he allowed two home runs but frustrated Mets batters through 84 pitches. The 24-year-old from Hollister, without a big arm but with four pitches and a deceptive delivery, seemed to irritate Pete Alonso the most Sunday at Oracle Park.

The Mets’ big-time power hitter and likely Rookie of the Year watched five Menez pitches in the third – a few fastballs, a curve, a slider – before a 91-mph heater struck him out.

The bat having failed him, Alonso sacrificed it with a swift right-knee shot.

From one rookie to another, that’s respect.


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