A day after it seemed the Mets bats were coming back to life, they went back to sleep, managing just two runs off Matt Strahm and the San Diego bullpen. Mets hitters struck out 13 times and again failed to support a solid pitching effort.
New Met Wilmer Font made the start and gave us a chance, allowing two runs in four innings of work. And it would have been just one run had Jeff McNeil been able to snare the just-barely hit home run that he missed catching by a whisker. It was indeed a game of inches as Pete Alonso was later robbed of a home run that would have given the Mets the lead. The one ball the Mets actually did hit out came courtesy of Tomas Nido, who also delivered a single in addition to his solo home run. Amed Rosario‘s RBI single drove in the other Mets run. Jeff McNeil had yet another two hit game.
Robert Gsellman kept the Mets in it with two scoreless innings of relief but Mickey Callaway then made his first of two bad calls that may have cost the Mets this ball game. Gsellman was cruising and had thrown just 29 pitches. He surely could have gone one more. Instead, in a tie ball game, Callaway chose to hand the ball to the just called up Tyler Bashlor who immediately coughed up a home run to Met killer Hunter Renfroe to put the score at 3-2. Drew Gagnon threw a perfect ninth inning to keep hope alive, but it didn’t matter as the Mets couldn’t do anything against Gerardo Reyes, who entered the game with an ERA of 13.00.
In the ninth, the Mets had a great opportunity to at least tie it up. After Padres closer Kirby Yates made quick work of Pete Alonso and Michadel Conforto, J.D. Davis, who played third, rapped a single. Juan Lagares, pinch running, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and then Brandon Nimmo drew a walk. Inexplicably, Callaway allowed Nido to hit in this spot while Wilson Ramos sat and watched from the bench. Nido looked completely over-matched by Yates, who struck him out on three fastballs. Ball game over. The box score puts the loss next to Bashlor’s name, but this L belongs to Callaway.
The Mets have the day off tomorrow before returning home for a three game set with the Marlins. This may be just what the doctor ordered.