It’s a rare game when you fall behind by six runs and feel like you let one get away but that’s exactly what happened to the Mets on Monday, as they let a 7-6 lead in the eighth inning evaporate before falling, 9-8, in 10 innings. The two teams split the four-game series.
David Peterson didn’t have it today but Erasmo Ramirez made his Mets’ debut and kept the game close, as he allowed just one run in five innings. He was in line for the win, too, before the rest of the pen let him down.
Jeurys Familia gave up the tying run in the eighth and Miguel Castro gave up two runs in the 10th to take the loss. In between, Edwin Diaz pitched a scoreless ninth but was not brought back for another two-inning outing. Castro throws hard but he hasn’t done much in his MLB career to distinguish himself as a high-leverage reliever. It’s just too bad that the Mets used Chasen Shreve in a mop-up role Sunday. They could have used him today. Shreve hasn’t seen a ton of big spots but with the way he’s pitched, the Mets should given him that promotion.
Justin Wilson has been used a lot lately but they missed a chance to give him a one-out appearance today. In the 10th inning, the Phillies had a runner on second and two outs, with the righty Jean Segura up, with lefty Didi Gregorius on deck. The Mets opted for the righty-righty matchup with Castro facing Segura. After hitting a three-run double in the first inning, Segura tacked on a two-run homer for the game-winner. Segura finished with a four-hit day and Gregorius’ only hit of the game came off a tiring Castro in the 10th.
It was all set up for Jeff McNeil to be the hero, after he hit a three-run homer to give the Mets the lead. He was one of five guys with multi-hit games for the Mets today but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the pitching.