Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4 (5/31/19)

The Mets rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and then eschewed using their normal eighth and ninth inning relievers, which proved to be a winning decision, as they ended up with a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks Friday night in Arizona.

Todd Frazier started a two-out rally in the eighth inning with a single and then went to third on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria. J.D. Davis then had a pinch-hit, infield single to tie the score and pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez delivered a rulebook double to give the Mets the lead.

Seth Lugo, just activated from the IL, came on to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning, working his way around a one-out triple. Robert Gsellman came on to close out the game in the ninth, allowing just a one-out walk en route to picking up his first Save of the season.

Zack Wheeler was victimized by two homers in the sixth inning but he gave the Mets their second straight seven-inning outing from a starting pitcher and ended up getting the Win.

Frazier, Hechevarria and Wilson Ramos each had two hits for the Mets, while Dominic Smith reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Smith started in left field for the second time in three games and now has a 1.005 OPS in 70 PA

4 comments for “Mets 5, Diamondbacks 4 (5/31/19)

  1. MattyMets
    June 1, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Wheeler gets tagged with those runs but to me they’re on Ramos. When he’s catching the right handed pitchers I’ve noted that the pitch selection is off, particularly in 2-strike counts. I kept waiting for a splitter, slider or change and would instead see multiple fastballs fouled off until squared up or hittable curve balls. Watch for it the next time Syndergaard pitches to Ramos. It’s a problem. Maybe these guys just need to think for themselves and shake him off more and not pitch like Nuke LaLoosh.

  2. Metsense
    June 1, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Gut reaction: this was a satisfying win. Gomez had a great clutch hit and he should be starting instead of Lagares. Lagares is on thin ice when Nimmo gets back.
    Kudos to Davis for his hitting approach in the 8th inning.
    Hechavarria is on fire and has stepped up. (806 OPS) He should continue to play second base even when Cano returns. He will eventually cool down and then Cano can be inserted in the lineup.
    Frazier was also in the middle of the rally and he made a good Fielding play earlier in the part of the game. He too has stepped up and deserves to start at third base.
    The bullpen is rested now and we have an off day on Monday, So let’s at least win the series.

  3. NYM6986
    June 1, 2019 at 9:49 am

    Good road win with contributions from many. Too bad Smith is not stronger in the outfield so we can keep his bat in the lineup. I still see him as very attractive trade bait. Let’s go for two in a row tonight with Jake on the mound.

  4. TexasGusCC
    June 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Very good sign that they shook off the Dodger series and got a win even after losing their lead and then falling behind late in the game. Half the starters are technically backups, so it’s even more gratifying.

    The Diamondbacks are also a blow .500 team, so they are “more to the Mets’ size”. Have to beat these teams, then get back home and start getting the top end starters back as the starting pitchers figure out what’s going on.

    Question: The starting pitchers, manager and coaches all talk about working inside in March then by April 2nd, they forget. Is it because hitting players is so frowned upon that they don’t want to risk wrath of brethren? I remember Joan Payson’s concern for Nolan Ryan, so she traded him for that period’s version of Robinson Cano. Can imagine Kelenic being a hitting version of Ryan, while Cano plays the role of Jim Fergosi: a 35 year-old former all-star that is hitting his declining years just as soon as he touches Mets soil.

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