The Mets wasted a strong pitching performance by Zack Wheeler, as the bullpen gave up the tying run in the eighth inning and the winning run in the ninth, losing by a 3-2 score Sunday night. The win gave the Dodgers the series and put the Mets four games out in the race for the second Wild Card.
Wheeler had a strong night, allowing just one run in seven innings. He pitched out of trouble in both the sixth and seventh and the Mets pushed him as far as was reasonable. The sixth was really impressive, as after a leadoff double, he struck out the next three batters, the final one being Cody Bellinger.
Justin Wilson relieved Wheeler in the eighth inning and issue a leadoff walk. He balked the runner to second and the runner advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a single. Seth Lugo was brought on to get the final out of the eighth and gave up a ball that was caught two steps in front of the wall.
The Dodgers continued to get good swings against Lugo in the ninth inning. Pitching in back-to-back days, Lugo didn’t have his curve and the Dodgers took advantage, with Jedd Gyorko, who scored the tying run in the eighth, driving in the game winning run.
The only Mets runs scored in the second inning on a two-run triple by Brandon Nimmo. The top four hitters for the Mets in this game went a combined 0-15.