Gut Reaction: Diamondbacks 3 Mets 2 (10) (8/21/17)

You can’t say the Mets didn’t have their chances tonight. Unfortunately, they hardly took advantage as they left runners on base in six out of ten innings.

It started with the very first batter. Brandon Nimmo led off the game against Taijuan Walker by hitting a twisting fly ball over the head of left fielder David Peralta, good for a double. He was caught trying to cross to third, overly aggressive on a one-hopper back to the pitcher by Michael Conforto. It continued this way for much of the game: the Mets getting a man or two on, then leaving them there. They went two-for-twelve with runners in scoring position.

For his part, Robert Gsellman pitched very well. Yet another New York lapse on defense is what did him in. In the fourth, Jake Lamb led off for Arizona by drawing a walk. The dangerous Paul Goldschmidt bounced back to the mound for a swinging-bunt out as Lamb went to second. J.D. Martinez hit a rope to left that Yoenis Cespedes played on a hop. Wilmer Flores should have been the cutoff man, but was late getting into that position as Cespedes — having no guide for a throw — sailed one to the plate, far too late to get Lamb as Martinez scooted into second.

Both starters were gone by the seventh and in that seventh, the Mets finally broke through. Travis d’Arnaud was double-switched in and led off with a double to the right field corner. Nimmo dropped a sacrifice bunt to the mound and D’Back manager Tory Lovullo waved in Archie Bradley to stem the tide. He could not. Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk, as did Conforto. Cespedes then cracked a base hit into left, knocking d’Arnaud home. Cabrera tried to score behind him, but Peralta’s throw nailed him at the plate, a call upheld by replay.

Jerry Blevins started the eighth by walking Lamb, but Paul Sewald came on to get Goldshmidt to hit into a double-play and Martinez to sky to Conforto in right. Bradley pitched a clean eighth, A. J. Ramos did the same in the top of the ninth. The Mets went down in order in the bottom of the ninth against rookie Jimmie Sherfy.

In the top of the tenth, Erik Goeddel came on for the Mets and got in hot water right away, walking pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco to lead it off. Peralta grounded out to Dominic Smith at first base as Blanco crossed over. A. J. Pollock then hit a blast over the centerfield fence for the lead. It was Pollock’s first home run on the road this year. Of course.

Fernando Rodney, the veteran closer with the cockeyed cap, came on to close it out for Arizona and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Conforto. Cespedes popped out to Goldschmidt. Flores worked a eleven-pitch at bat before he lined out to second. That left it to the young Smith, who popped out to left on a 3-1 pitch.

Too many lost opportunities in this one.

Tommy Milone makes his return for the Mets, in place of the surgery-bound Steven Matz, opposed by Patrick Corbin.

7 comments for “Gut Reaction: Diamondbacks 3 Mets 2 (10) (8/21/17)

  1. TexasGusCC
    August 22, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Having no guide to throw… LOL! That has really held Cespedes back in the past, huh? The base hit was between the SS and the second base bag, the cutoff was the shortstop because Cespedes fielded it in left center, and that would have held the runner, but there was no damage from that. In fact, Flores made a fairly nice diving play on Martinez leading off the sixth.

    As for the scoring, second and third with no outs in the second inning and not scoring was a killer. Rosario stuck out chasing sliders off the plate, after a Plawecki IBB, Gsellman didn’t even bother swinging at three strikes, and Nimmo popped out. This lineup really lacks pizzaz, and it looks like it should be Plawecki, Smith, Rosario as 6,7,8…

    • Jimmy P
      August 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

      Wait, you are a leader of the “play the kids” movement. Now you are complaining about the immature ABs of Rosario and Nimmo?

      Baseball is a hard game. Every time someone fails it is not a character flaw.

      • August 22, 2017 at 9:52 am

        +1

      • TexasGusCC
        August 22, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        I understand how it could be read as a complaint, if you are referring to my saying Rosario was chasing sliders outside the zone, but I was just trying to be factual. Believe me, I want to see those kids out there early and often.

        But, I will be less critical of the kids, however, I expect them to play smart baseball and show improvement. Just like I expect my buddy to be practicing at third base every-single-day!

  2. Metsense
    August 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Gsellman pitched a wonderful game looking like the 2016 Gsellman. It was encouraging to see especially with Matz needing surgery. August 2017 is a learning experience with rookie mistakes like Nimmo’s ill advised base running blunder. The lineup does lack pizzaz with none of the new positional starters stepping forward offensively when the opportunities present themselves. It is still early in the “lost season” to make judgments.

    • Jimmy P
      August 22, 2017 at 9:40 am

      But Dominic Smith, we’re watching you!

  3. IDRAFT
    August 22, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    What a deadly dull game. And still six more weeks of this.The good news is Wright is trying to play again. I hope he plays some games in September just so the owners lose some insurance money.

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