Paul Sewald. That’s why we lost this game. You can blame the pitcher or the manager for choosing to use him when the game was close, but the moribund reliever was responsible for four of the runs as he got clobbered without even finishing one inning of relief. Otherwise, the Mets played well and could have won this game.
Corey Oswalt started, and though he batted, he flirted with disaster, putting runners on base in each of his three innings of work and had thrown 61 pitches when Mickey Callaway opted to pull him with two outs in the third inning. Daniel Zamora struck out Jackie Bradley, Jr. to end the threat and then struck out three more batters in the fourth. The Mets then jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Brandon Nimmo slugged a three-run home run off Rick Porcello into the right field bleachers, otherwise known as Mets territory in this series as the 7 Line Army has turned the entire section blue and orange.
The Mets were not expected to win this game against the best team with a spot starter on the hill, but here they stood, up 3-1. But Callaway, despite having an expanded and rested bullpen at his disposal, chose to turn to one of his least reliable arms in Sewald. The newly sidearm righty coughed up a walk and three hits, including a two-run double, before giving way to Drew Smith, who allowed the inherited runners to score on another double. Smith pitched a scoreless sixth and then Drew Gagnon and Jacob Rhame held the Red Sox scoreless the rest of the way to try to keep the Mets in the game.
The Mets squandered their best opportunity in the top of the seventh when, with runners on second and third, Austin Jackson popped up. It seems that dead cat has stopped bouncing.
The highlight of this game was the Mets and Red Sox fans finding solidarity in a stadium wide chant of “Yankees suck!” as the scoreboard showed our crosstown rivals losing to the Blue Jays.