The Mets rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 5-4 walkoff win Saturday night against the Diamondbacks. It was the first time since the end of the team’s nine-game winning streak that the Mets had won back-to-back games.
The day started off with the wonderful news that the club DFAd Jose Lobaton. And the news got even better when Michael Conforto stayed hot with a two-run homer off lefty Patrick Corbin for a 2-1 Mets lead.
But Steven Matz was unable to hold the lead, done in part by himself and part by his defense. He gave up a solo homer to the slumping Paul Goldschmidt to tie the game. Matz then surrendered a two-out walk. He picked the batter off first, but a poor throw by Wilmer Flores allowed the runner to (allegedly) beat the tag. Replay seemed to show the runner was out but perhaps there was not enough irrefutable evidence to overturn the call. Then Matz surrendered a gopher ball to the weak-hitting catcher batting 8th to give the D’Backs a 4-2 lead. John Ryan Murphy got to Matz earlier in the game, too, driving in Arizona’s first run with a single.
It looked like a game that the Mets were destined to give away. They had two solid scoring chances and came up empty both times. The first was with runners on first and second with no outs and the second one was with the bases loaded and one out. The run expectancy matrix shows that they should have scored around three runs with those two situations. Instead they got zero.
But the bullpen was great and the Mets rallied to tie in the eighth inning, as Devin Mesoraco delivered a no-doubt two-run homer. D’backs pitcher Archie Bradley didn’t even turn around to look after Mesoraco hit the ball. It was his third homer since joining the Mets.
Brandon Nimmo started the ninth inning with a ball that just missed going out, settling for a double off lefty reliever Andrew Chafin. It was his second hit of the game and third time on base. Nimmo advanced to third on a bunt by Asdrubal Cabrera and Flores popped one deep enough to the outfield to score the game winner.
The win was great but it covered up more questionable moves by Mickey Callaway. Despite having just a four-man bench, he used a pinch-hitter for Matz in the fourth inning with two outs and no one on. Then in the sixth inning, he had to use lefty Adrian Gonzalez against a lefty reliever with the bases loaded. Gonzalez was unable to come through. And because he went to the bullpen so early, he had to use both Seth Lugo and Paul Sewald, one night after using Robert Gsellman. The Mets have had a bunch of days off and rainouts up until this point. But they just started a stretch of 18 games in 17 days so he needs to be more careful about bullpen deployment.