The Mets had two big comebacks. Unfortunately, they needed three. One night after a pitcher’s duel, this one was a slugfest, with the Mariners emerging with an 8-7 win Saturday night in Citi Field.
David Peterson was unable to match his fine outing from his last time out. Still, Buck Showalter was a little too eager to go to his pen, which – you know – stinks. Grant Hartwig allowed an inherited runner to score in the fifth inning to break a 3-3 tie and then he allowed three runs of his own in the sixth, to make it a four-run deficit.
DJ Stewart tied the game with a three-run homer in the fourth inning. And the Mets battled back in the sixth with a solo shot by Mark Vientos and a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor. And they completed the comeback in the eighth with an RBI triple by Jeff McNeil. They were unable to go ahead, as Pete Alonso grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.
Alonso was 0-3 with runners in scoring position in the game and the Mets were 1-12 in a game where they scored seven runs.
Adam Ottavino came on in the ninth inning with the game tied and promptly gave up a homer to the first batter he faced.
The bottom of the ninth started off promisingly, as Daniel Vogelbach ripped a ball to the opposite field. But Vogelbach tried to get a double and was thrown out on the play. Stewart followed with a single. But pinch hitters Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez made weak outs to end the game.
It was a frustrating game all around, with Vogelbach getting thrown out, the overall inability of the team to hit with runners on second and third and Showalter’s insistence on removing a SP earlier than he had to. It would be one thing if the Mets had a great bullpen. But they have the opposite of that and it would be nice if Showalter didn’t go to the pen until he absolutely had to pull his starter.