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Mets’ Carlos Carrasco Wins Start On Dad’s 1st Stadium Trip

  • For the first time in his 13-year MLB career, Carrasco's father was in the stands to see him pitch.
  • The right-hander hurled five scoreless innings to help New York extend its NL East lead.
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New York Mets starter Carlos Carrasco had some extra incentive sitting in the stands for Wednesday’s outing against the Nationals at Citi Field.

For the first time in Carrasco’s 13-year MLB career, his father Luis was on hand to see him pitch while visiting from Colombia. 

The 35-year-old Carrasco hurled five shutout innings in the Mets’ 5-0 win, yielding four hits and five walks while striking out five.

It was Carrasco’s sixth victory of the season — and the most emotional.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had a lot of ups and downs, and this is going to go in a special place for me because my mom saw me pitch in 2015 and my dad couldn’t come here,” Carrasco told reporters. “Now, almost seven years later, my dad made it.”

In the third year of a four-year, $47 million deal signed in 2018 with the Indians, Carrasco is having a bounceback season in his second campaign in Queens. After going 1-5 with a 6.04 ERA in 2021, he’s 6-1 with a 3.63 ERA for the first-place Mets.

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