It was an even game until the bullpen got involved. But Sean Reid-Foley and Grant Hartwig combined to give up three runs in the seventh inning and the end result was a 5-2 loss to the Twins in the opener of a three-game set in Minnesota Friday night.
Kodai Senga started for the Mets and didn’t have his best stuff. He really needed a lot of pitches to get thru the first two innings but settled in to give a full six frames. Along the way, he passed Jerry Koosman for second place for most strikeouts by a rookie pitcher for the club.
Veteran Dallas Keuchel, who was released three times last season, which had me thinking he was no longer in baseball, handcuffed the Mets the first time thru the order. But it was different in the second go-round, with Francisco Lindor hitting a two-run, rulebook double to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
But potential Met Carlos Correa tied the game with a monster homer.
And then the wheels fell off once Senga left the game. The relievers didn’t pitch well but that’s hardly a surprise. What really made you roll your eyes was that the Twins tried a double steal with runners on first and second. The pitch was in the dirt and got away from Francisco Alvarez. But he recovered quickly and had the runner at third dead to rights with a good throw. Instead, it went into the outfield. The runner didn’t immediately head home, so when Tim Locastro picked up the ball in shallow LF, an accurate throw gets him by at least five feet. Instead, the throw was up the line and the run scored.
It was just pitiful.