Wow, just when you thought that there couldn’t be a worse way to lose than the Mets have the past three days, they find a different painful way. Charlie Culberson hit a pinch-hit, walkoff two-run homer, propelling the Braves to a 4-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Jacob deGrom did not have his best stuff, the weather was not very good and the umpires did not handle weather delays very well. And despite all of that, deGrom threw seven innings and allowed just one run. He departed with a 2-1 lead.
Seth Lugo came on in the eighth and leadoff hitter Ozzie Albies laid down a bunt. Lugo fielded it but either rushed his throw or had his plant leg slip on the wet turf. Either way, the result was a poor throw and a runner on first. A single and a sac fly later we had a tie game.
Devin Mesoraco homered in the ninth inning for the second straight day, to put the Mets back on top, 3-2. Mickey Callaway opted to keep Lugo in for a second inning rather than go to his closer. While Lugo gave up a run in the eighth, he was not hit hard in the inning. It was a defensible call by Callaway. But it was one that didn’t work out and one he’ll undoubtedly get crucified for.
deGrom leaving the game with a lead and having the bullpen blow it for him is something Mets fans have seen a whopping 22 times in his career. He deserved better after his gutty performance. It’s hard to comprehend the last four losses by this team. If this was literature, we’d call the Mets tragic heroes. But it’s sports so they’re snake bit. Or cursed. Or maybe a word we haven’t even invented yet.