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Todd 'Poosh 'Em Up' Frazier bunts it where they ain't

His slap through the hole at second scored the Mets' first run in their four-run fourth inning.

Todd Frazier slaps a bunt through the hole

Todd Frazier slaps a bunt through the hole at second base to score the Mets' first run in a four-run fourth during their 4-3 victory over the Tigers on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Citi Field.   Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

It came relatively early, and it didn’t tie the score or put the Mets ahead, but manager Mickey Callaway thought Todd Frazier’s push-bunt RBI in the fourth inning was perhaps the biggest play of Sunday’s game.

“It was great, heads-up play by Fraze, and it probably ended up winning us the game,’’ Callaway said.

That got a smile out of Frazier.

“I think it sparked us, not to say it won the game,’’ Frazier said. “It kind of got the guys going a little bit.’’

The Mets were down 3-0 in the fourth and had runners on first and third with one out when Frazier came to the plate and the Detroit infield went into a shift. Frazier slid his hands up the barrel of the bat and pushed at the ball, driving it through the vacant right side and into rightfield. Dominic Smith scored and Wilson Ramos went from first to third.

“I see the shift a lot and I’ve been working with [bench coach] Jim Riggleman a lot about it,’’ Frazier said. “He’s always talking about certain situations, to try that push bunt.’’

Frazier said he got the pitch he wanted, an outside fastball, and that made it easy. One out later, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer to give the Mets the lead.

Two arms clear waivers

The Mets announced after the game that pitchers Tim Peterson and Paul Sewald cleared waivers and had been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse .  .  . Before the game, the team said Rajai Davis had been designated for assignment to open a spot on the roster for Michael Conforto, who was activated off the injured list and started in rightfield. Conforto went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch .  .  . Jennifer Murphy of Floral Park was the honorary bat girl for the game. Murphy, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 while she was pregnant, was supposed to have served as bat girl on Mother’s Day, but the game was postponed. Her daughter, Marlowe, was born in May 2018.

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