Well, at least they got a run out of their three hits this time.
The Mets offense continued its deep slumber as the lowly Baltimore Orioles and the lowly Alex Cobb held them completely in check, despite the return to the lineup of Todd Frazier. Jason Vargas had his usual first inning meltdown, surrendering a leadoff single to Trey Mancini on what Josh Lewin called an “85 mile an hour fastball.” At 85 MPH, you’d have to call that a no-movement changeup, wouldn’t you? Adam Jones singled up the middle. I was in the car when all this was going on, and I knew…just knew that with the lethal Manny Machado coming to bat, Vargas would exit the first in a hole. The question was how deep? I found out after I came in from taking the dog for a walk: Machado had singled home Mancini and Danny Valencia hit a sacrifice fly to plate Jones.
To his credit, Vargas settled in after that and the bullpen was nothing short of brilliant. The offense? Not so much. As Wayne Randazzo opined on social media, “The good news is that Jay Bruce has two hits. The bad news is that the rest of his teammates have one.” Their lone run was scratched out in the fifth, when Bruce led off with his second hit of the night. Kevin Plawecki followed with a fine-looking double to left. After Adrian Gonzalez popped out to center, Jose Bautista hit a “Piazza-in-the-2000-World-Series” fly ball to left to score Bruce. That was it. A couple of promising innings were snuffed out by double-plays and general unclutchiness.
Day game tomorrow, Zack Wheeler vs. Dylan Bundy.