Well, it wasn’t one of the usual culprits, but the Mets beleaguered bullpen blew yet another game for us in this long season. Jacob deGrom had an unhittable slider today, striking out nine and walking none, and scattering eight hits and two runs. Unfortunately, his manager chose to pull him an inning too early and left a slim lead in the hands of a leaky bullpen that, once again, couldn’t get the job done.
The Cubs began the scoring with an unlikely RBI single from pitcher Cole Hamels in the second inning, but Pete Alonso tied it up with a solo home run. In the process, he set the Mets rookie record, eclipsing the old mark held by Darryl Strawberry. In the fifth inning, the Mets took the lead 3-1, courtesy of a Tomas Nido solo home run and a deGrom RBI single. deGrom got into some trouble in the bottom of the inning, but managed to escape with the lead still intact at 3-2.
The score held there after six innings, but with two outs in the top of the seventh, Mickey Callaway thought it made sense to pinch hit for his ace and thus remove him from the game he was controlling at least an inning too soon. Naturally, pinch hitter Adeiny Hechavarria struck out.
Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless seventh, but the Mets couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the inning. Lugo got in trouble in the eighth, but where’s a manager to turn with no lefty and a bunch of AAAA guys, plus Robert Gsellman who needed to be saved for tomorrow? Instead, Callaway left Lugo in there to cough up the game himself The righty couldn’t get his curve ball over today and he threw a hanging slider to Javier Baez that resulted in a lead-changing three run home run. The Mets went down in order against Pedro Strop in the ninth to lose the game and leave Chicago with a series split.
The Mets kick off a four-game series with the struggling Phillies tomorrow and can hopefully gain some ground. Come on, Mets.