SAN FRANCISCO – Walker Locket's performance for Mets continues to improve.
The right hand was stumped by the cubes in his Mets debut last month but followed it with a start against Phillies who held his team in the game. And Saturday he was good enough for his first big league win.
Over five rounds, Lockett got a run of five hits with three strikes to help Mets beat the giants, 11-4. The locket was removed in the sixth for pinch-hitter Pete Alonso, who delivered a three-run homer that broke the game openly.
"Today I attacked and could get quick outs," Lockett said, throwing only 58 seats. "I came through the fifth and gave our team a chance to win."
Locket's teammates celebrated their first big league win by putting him in a laundry cart that was pushed into the shower where he was covered with beer, shrimp cream, mayonnaise, ketchup and baby powder.
"It's like a passage, almost ̵
Lockett, who replaced injured Zack Wheeler in the rotation, was strong in fifth when Joe Panik delivered a pinch of RBI single who pulled the giants within 4-1. Lockett abandoned another hit in the innings, but after a visit from pitching coach Phil Regan, Buster Posey retired to finish the inauguration. Kevin Pillar was plunked by a path to start the rally.
Since Mets is evaluating their start-up alternatives for the next season, they will monitor the 25-year-old Lockett who arrived last winter in the trade that sent Kevin Plawecki to the Indians.
Chef Mickey Callaway sees a potential fit in Lockett.
"I think he can be a long-term alternative in the back," Callaway said. "He strikes strikes, he is a competitor and he is very comfortable out there. You don't see much nerves. You don't see the typical," Oh, I'm trying to stay in the great league type morale. You see a guy who has confidence in his stuff and plus weapons to get guys out with. "