The Mets ended their eight-game losing streak and avoided getting swept by the Yankees with a surprising 2-0 win. It marks the first time the cross-town juggernaut has been shut out this season, and it came courtesy of a gutsy pitching performance by Seth Lugo.
Lugo was nothing short of brilliant, holding the Yankees to just two hits and no runs over six innings. Robert Gsellman and Anthony Swarzak flirted with danger, but stranded base runners in the eighth and ninth to make the small lead stick. Jose Reyes, filling in at second base for Asdrubal Cabrera who exited the game with a sore foot, did his best to give the game away with an inexcusable botched play in the eighth inning that resulted in being scored with two errors and two safe runners. It was a routine double play, but Reyes first missed stepping on second base and then threw the ball 15 feet wide of first base. Thankfully, Gsellman kept his cool and was able to get two more outs in the inning without allowing a runner to score.
Todd Frazier‘s two-run home run in the fifth inning provided all the offense the Met needed. Pedro Severino was his usual unhittable self, but Frazier guessed right on a 2-2 slider and was able to drive it over the left field wall to give the Mets the lead.
Aside from Frazier’s homer, the Mets managed just four singles. The ice cold Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto went a combined 0 for 6 and are now batting .219 and .213 respectively. This, as much as the injuries, explains the futility of the Mets lineup. At least for a moment, we have something to smile about. Next up, road trip starting with the Braves.