Two of the worst hitters in MLB the last five years came through for the Braves in the 14th inning, leading Atlanta to a 2-1 win over the Mets Friday night in the first game of the three-game series. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Mets.
With virtually no other options, the Mets turned to Jeurys Familia for the third time in three days in the 14th. He began the frame by walking the leadoff batter and then Adeiny Hechavarria, who the Mets cut rather than paying a roster bonus, drilled a ball that got stuck in the outfield wall for a rule book double. Originally an RBI triple, Mickey Callaway talked to the umpires and after a quick review, runners were placed on second and third.
As good as Callaway was on getting the replay, he erred on bringing the infield in. The runner on third was a catcher, who was gassed from running around the bases. Familia got a strikeout then Billy Hamilton got a ball passed the drawn-in infield, getting by that guy they keep telling us is so good defensively at second base.
Losing to the Braves is bad enough. Losing because Adeiny Hechavarria (lifetime .637 OPS) and Billy Hamilton (lifetime .622 OPS) both got hits in the same inning, well that’s cruel and unusual.
Lost in the painful ending is another terrific start by Jacob deGrom. He allowed 1 ER in 7 IP and had 13 Ks. And, oh yeah, he supplied the only run of the game for the Mets with a home run to left center estimated as traveling 389 feet.
It’s difficult to complain with the run the Mets have been on. But deGrom deserved better.