Even after a promising ninth inning rally, the Mets fell to the Arizona Diamond backs 7-4. This drops the team’s record down to a lowly (54-70). While it may seem as if this is just another loss, there was a big positive in the ninth. First, we will address the starting pitching. Starter Tommy Milone went 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs, five of them earned. Over that span, he walked one and struck out five. His record dropped to (1-3) after tonight’s game.
For the Mets, the offensive tank was nearly empty until the ninth inning. The only run up until then was provided by an Amed Rosario solo shot. Asdrubal Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes started the ninth inning off with back to back singles, bring Dom Smith to the plate in a pinch-hitting situation. He delivered, driving a double to the gap. Later in the inning, Rosario again delivered with an RBI triple. Watching Smith and Rosario deliver clutch hits in the game was nothing but encouraging for the fans and organization. If at bats and hits like those continue, my Gut Reaction is that they will be able to be known as more reliable hitters on the team, rather than promising rookies. Cespedes went 3-3, and Gavin Cecchini also had a hit in the game.
Out of the bullpen, Kevin Mcgowan went 1.1 innings, and was credited with an earned run. Robles walked the bases loaded, but stayed in to pitch three full innings of relief, striking out one over that stretch. Tomorrow the Mets will try to salvage the final game of the series, sending Chris Flexen to the mound at 7:10.