Nate Eovaldi? Great. The Mets never hit Nate Eovaldi. — Me, 1 hour before first pitch
I didn’t know how right I was. Chris Flexen, Chris Beck, Tyler Bashlor and Paul Sewald conspired to allow the Tampa Bay Rays nine runs. Eovaldi conspired with himself to keep the Mets off the bases. As conspiracies go, this one was better than Watergate. The Mets didn’t have a base runner until Brandon Nimmo’s single found its way into the outfield in the seventh inning. He was erased on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double-play ball, but by then, that hardly mattered.
Flexen allowed three runs before the second out of the game was recorded. C.J. Cron hit a ball that might still be travelling if not for the upper deck in left center with two on. Flexen allowed a couple of doubles and a base knock for two more runs in the third. When Beck opened the fifth allowing two walks, Eovaldi helped himself with a tough grounder to Cabrera that he was able to beat out for and infield hit and another run. Beck also served up Rays’ homer number two in the sixth, to Jake Bauers. In the eighth, Sewald gave up a couple more runs, including Tampa Bay’s third homer of the afternoon, to somebody named Joey Wendle.
9-0 is the forfeit score, so the Mets didn’t even need to show up for this loss. I’m not entirely sure they ever did.