The Mets snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a ninth inning comeback that provided a 5-3 win and a split of the four-game series in Arizona.
The D’Backs scored a scratch run in the bottom of the eighth and it looked like another tough loss for the Mets. But Jose Reyes reached base on a bunt single, one that the catcher picked up instead of letting roll foul. Then pinch-hitter Jose Bautista hit an RBI double, one that announcer Gary Cohen felt that the D’Back outfielder did not get a good jump on.
That set the stage for Brandon Nimmo, who already had two hits in the game. Nimmo turned on a pitch and clobbered a two-run homer to give the Mets the lead. Then Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a solo shot to put the Mets up two runs.
Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth for the Save. Jeurys Familia allowed the run in the eighth but picked up the win after the big offensive ninth inning. Zack Wheeler started and pitched well but had trouble in one inning, aided in part by a missed strike call by the ump. His final line was 2 ER in 6 IP with 8 Ks.
The Mets need outings like what Steven Matz gave them Saturday and Wheeler today if they’re going to turn their season around. But all the starting pitching in the world won’t matter if the offense doesn’t show up. Back-to-back five run games gives hopes that the bats are leaving hibernation.