Jeff McNeil didn’t hesitate when given the choice of which aspect of his play he wanted to talk about first.
“Let’s talk about the defense,” he joked. “I never get to talk about it.”
McNeil continued his hot hitting with three RBIs, but he also made two excellent defensive plays to help the Mets to a 7-6 win in 10 innings Thursday over the Cardinals.
He made a leaping grab in foul territory and doubled up Tommy Edman at second base for the final out of the seventh inning, and added a charging/sliding catch one inning later.
“I thought the first one was 10 rows foul, and then it tends to come back into play. So I was ready to climb up on the wall and go get it out of the stands and it just happened to fall back into fair territory,’ McNeil said. “I played a lot of outfield in college [at Long Beach State] and got tons of reps out there and tons of reps in the minor leagues.
“To me, it’s they hit the ball in the air and you go catch it. Not too difficult, just go out there and try to make some cool plays.”
Jeff McNeil makes a leaping catch on a sacrifice fly by Cardinals designated hitter Paul Goldschmidt during the seventh inning.AP
Asked about McNeil’s two-way play, Buck Showalter smiled and said, “How about the game he had?”
“I mean, he’s…