The Mets’ offense showed up for the second straight night to make David Peterson’s debut both smooth and successful as the Mets downed the Red Sox, 8-3, Tuesday night in Boston.
Peterson came out throwing 94 but soon settled into 91-92 range. His first pitch of the game missed badly and his second pitch was hammered off the monster in left field. But J.D. Davis, who had quite an eventful night, threw out the runner at second base, which allowed Peterson a chance to find a groove.
Davis started the night’s first rally with an opposite field single to beat the shift. He came around to score on an RBI double by Robinson Cano. After Brandon Nimmo worked a walk, Amed Rosario dunked a two-run single to stake Peterson to a 3-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the third, Davis did not convert a catchable ball into an out, resulting in a double for old friend Kevin Plawecki. After a walk, a ball was hit into the gap in right center that Nimmo got a glove on but was unable to haul in. But a poor baserunning play by Plawecki left the bases loaded. Peterson struck out J.D. Martinez for the first out of the inning and then another wacky play happened. Rafael Devers hit a ball hard that the umpire ruled Cano short hopped. Cano threw to Amed Rosario to get the force at second but Rosario did not throw to first to complete the double play. They ended up getting the runner who started at second base out in a rundown, but a run scored in the process. Bases loaded and no outs and only allowing one run is a good outcome. But better defense and no runs would have scored.
In the fifth inning, Davis hit a two-run homer. In the eighth inning Nimmo had an RBI double and later came around to score. This game ended up being a good example of the strengths and weaknesses both players bring to the table. They combined to score three runs and drive in two but their defensive shortcomings allowed the Red Sox to score a run. It’s not always this cut and dry but tonight their offensive strength greatly outweighed their defensive issues.
Peterson finished with 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB and 3 Ks and picked up the win. The Mets used four relievers to finish the game, with three of them providing scoreless outings, including a scoreless frame from Dellin Betances in the eighth. Hunter Strickland gave up a run in the ninth. With Tyler Bashlor removed from the roster to make room for Peterson, Strickland is the reliever in most jeopardy of being cut when rosters get trimmed to 28.