The Mets have had several times this year where they came out on the short end of the stick in games they had no business losing. Wednesday, they got to see the other side of the coin, as they rallied from a four-run deficit to pull out a 7-6 win and split the series with the Orioles.
And if the comeback win wasn’t enough – this one featured great defensive plays in both the infield and outfield. In the sixth inning, Jeff McNeil made a terrific sliding catch in the outfield, one where he ended up hitting the side wall. And later that inning with the bases loaded, Michael Conforto caught a ball on a full sprint midway on the warning track, hauling the ball in over his shoulder. Those catches kept the Mets in the game. In the ninth inning with the lead, Luis Guillorme – who just entered the game for defensive purposes – dove for a ball, rolled over and threw the ball all in one motion, seemingly not even looking at first base. It was a perfect throw, too.
The highlight defensive plays wouldn’t have mattered if the Mets’ bats hadn’t come thru after the pitchers but them in an early hole once again. McNeil homered for the fourth straight game with a two-run shot in the fourth inning, which cut the deficit to 5-3. Conforto hit a solo homer in the fifth to make it 6-4. Andres Gimenez homered to the opposite field off a lefty to tie it at 6-6. And Pete Alonso put the Mets ahead in the eighth with a homer to center field.
Rick Porcello is grateful that the Mets have Michael Wacha. Otherwise, there would be a ton of attention on how rotten he’s been this year. He surrendered 5 ER in 4 IP and now has a 6.07 ERA for the season. The Mets used five relievers to finish the game, with Jeurys Familia getting the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Edwin Diaz picking up his third save of the year with a scoreless ninth, thanks to Guillorme’s fine defensive play, which came with no outs and a runner on first. Without it, there are runners on the corners with no one out. It was still touch-and-go with a runner on second and one out but Diaz got a strikeout and a pop fly to end the game.