5-21. Five-and-twenty … (wait for it) …-one.
That was the Mets’ record for the month of June, 2018. 5-21.
The Mets ended the third-losingest month in their history, with a whimper, not a bang. Having screwed up my schedule and not realizing this game was scheduled for a 4:10 PM first pitch, I ended up watching nary a second of it, so I can only offer you basically the same recap you can easily find on MLB.com/Mets. For this, I am truly grateful.
A Marlins prospect named Pablo Lopez outpitched Cy Young Award candidate Jacob deGrom. Lopez pitched six innings, allowing six hits, walking one and striking out five. The only two blemishes on his record were solo homers by Jose Bautista in the first and Todd Frazier in the sixth. deGrom had made the Bautista shot stand up until that sixth inning, when this game disintegrated. With one out, Derek Dietrich singled. Brian Anderson followed with a homer to left to tie it and … well, do you really want to hear about what happened next? You do? OK, then..
After J.T. Realmuto grounded out, Justin Bour drew a walk. Starlin Castro hit a single up the middle and JT Riddle hit an infield ground single to Wilmer Flores that gave Miami the lead. Just for kicks, the Fish added two more in the seventh off Robert Gsellman, combining a Cameron Maybin one-out pinch single, an error by Asdrubal Cabrera, and a double by Realmuto to seal the game away. The Mets and Marlins are now tied for last place in the NL East.
Series ends tomorrow. Somebody will be pitching against somebody else and it won’t matter: the Mets will probably start July 0-1.