The Mets fell to the Astros, 8-6, on Sunday afternoon and were swept in the three-game series. They’re now 5-16 in their last 21 games.
The game got off to a good start, as the Mets jumped out to a 4-1 lead, as they scored two runs in each of the first two innings. But Chris Flexen was hit hard, including two homers, and the Mets soon found themselves down by three runs.
But the Mets kept putting runners on base and gave themselves multiple opportunities to score. Jose Reyes and Nori Aoki, the top two hitters in the lineup, got on base seven times and scored four runs, with Aoki also driving in two runners.
Unfortunately, Asdrubal Cabrera and Kevin Plawecki were unable to cash in despite numerous chances. Cabrera came up with seven runners on base while Plawecki had eight baserunners and neither was able to plate a run.
Juan Lagares had a strong defensive game and turned in one play that was a treat to see. A ball was hit to left field, one that went high off the wall and got away from Brandon Nimmo. Lagares raced over from center field and on the dead run fired a strike to third base to nab the batter. The Houston player reacted like he couldn’t believe he was thrown out on the play, which only added to the overall enjoyment. For once, Lagares threw the ball on the fly, instead of bouncing it to the target, which was why he was able to get the out. He also made nice plays charging in on a ball and going back near the fence to corral another out.