Thanks to heroic efforts from the bullpen and Travis d’Arnaud, the Mets somehow won a game in 16 innings Thursday night/Friday morning in Miami, after not getting in until 3 a.m. from Philadelphia.
d’Arnaud cracked a solo homer in the top of the 16th and Hansel Robles, who shouldn’t have even been in the game, pitched his second shutout inning to pick up the win. All told, Mets relievers went 11.1 scoreless innings.
The Mets tied the game in the 8th inning, when Michael Conforto hit a booming double to drive in d’Arnaud. It looked like the Mets were going to tie the game in the seventh but Yoenis Cespedes was called out at the plate on a replay challenge after originally being called safe. Cespedes didn’t slide on the play, which normally we would chalk up to Yo being Yo, but Neil Walker was just standing there, not giving him any help at all.
The Mets fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. T.J. Rivera failed to handle what could have been a double play. Even if he got just one out on the play, the Mets would have escaped with no runs allowed. Instead Marcell Ozuna came up and delivered a grand slam.
d’Arnaud hit a bases-clearing triple and scored the tying run in the second inning after an RBI single by Curtis Granderson.
The Mets used the long ball to take the lead. Cespedes and Wilmer Flores went deep back-to-back in the third inning and Cespedes tacked on his second homer of the game to make it 7-4 in the top of the fifth.
But Robert Gsellman couldn’t complete the fifth inning. He surrendered two runs in the frame before leaving with two runners on. Josh Edgin came on in relief but brought his gas can with him to the mound. He allowed a double, an intentional walk and a single. Only a runner being thrown out at the plate limited the damage to four runs scored in the inning.