Gut Reaction: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1 (5/20/18)

For the second day in a row, the Mets used some late-inning offense — the ol’ “Five O’clock Lightning” — to secure a win against the Arizona Diamondbacks and complete an unlikely sweep of the NL West leaders.

Clay Bucholz started for Arizona. The last time Bucholz started a game, it was for the Phillies against the Mets last April. The Mets drove him to cover after two-and-a-third innings, and he left with an injured shoulder. That was the last time he appeared on a major league diamond. This time, things went much better for him. He held the Mets in check for five innings, surrendering only two hits, the first one a long double off the bat of Wilmer Flores in the first inning. We’ll get to the second one in a minute. He had enjoyed a 1-0 lead to that point, courtesy of a one-out singles by Jarrod Dyson and Nick Ahmed. With runners at the corners, Jeff Mathis pounded a slow grounder into the dirt to Flores at third. With the only play at first base, Dyson scored easily. For his part, Noah Syndergaard pitched inefficiently, but extremely effectively, allowing only that one run. He ended up going seven innings, striking out seven and walking one, throwing 103 pitches — astounding seeing as he had thrown 78 through the first three innings.

In any case, the Mets started the sixth inning with Amed Rosario’s first home run of the year to tie the game up. That was it for Bucholz, who really deserved better. T. J. McFarland came on and finished the inning unscathed. After Syndergaard finished his day in the top of the seventh, Jorge DeLaRosa came on keep the game tied. He struck out Adrian Gonzalez to lead off. Luis Guillorme tried to drag a bunt for a base hit, but the pitcher threw him out. Tomas Nido wormed a grounder through the middle for a base hit. That brought up a pinch hitter for Syndergaard’s spot. Asdrubal Cabrera took on that task and in a seven-pitch at bat, took a DeLaRosa fastball over the left-field wall for a 3-1 Mets lead. In the next breath, Rosario hit his second round-tripper of the game to about the same spot, for a measure of insurance.

Jerry Blevins started the eighth and struck out lefty David Peralta. Having done his job, he gave way to Robert Gsellman, who induced grounders from Chis Owings and Jake Lamb to end the inning. Gsellman struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to end it.

A sweep? At home? Haven’t seen that since 2016.

Next up, the Miami Marlins come to Queens, Jason Vargas hosting Elieser Hernandez tomorrow night.

5 comments for “Gut Reaction: Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1 (5/20/18)

  1. May 20, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    It’s nice to see the team hitting homers again.

    Braves, Phillies and Nationals all losing late, with the Marlins beating the Braves. Every team in the East is counting on beating up on the Marlins, but if they hold on and win, they’ll be 3-4 against Atlanta this year.

    • MattyMets
      May 20, 2018 at 7:17 pm

      Brian, did you have to jinx the Marlins like that? The Braves scored six in the bottom of the ninth to steal the win. At least the Phillies and Nats lost.

      I still believe that the Nats are the most talented team in the division and that the Mets are still better than the Braves and Phillies, who will start to fade as their schedules get tougher and pitchers start to figure out their rookies. The Marlins are so bad on paper it’s a wonder to me they’re not worse, like the Reds and White Sox.

  2. Michael
    May 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    You are right about Syndergaard and his early pitch count. Shades of Wheeler. He was very fortunate to get the win. Thank God for Cabrera this year. Go head homer today. Key bunt yesterday moving Nimmo over to third. I’d hate to think where we would be without him. Solid ball player on offense and defense.

    • Mike Walczak
      May 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm

      I watched the game. Syndergaard gets ahead, then his next pitches are way off the plate, but he did pitch well. Glad he came out and pitched the 7th.

      An another note, Dominic Smith is being tried at RF. That should be interesting.

  3. May 20, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Marlins are useless as they gave up six runs in the ninth to lose to the Braves.

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