On the 22nd year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy here in New York, the Mets looked to get today’s victory for the city.
Pitching wise, the game had a familiar feel. Jose Quintana started and had another stellar outing. He pitched five innings and gave up two runs. In 10 starts this season, he has given up 2 earned runs or less in 8 of those starts, continuing to solidify himself for the rotation next year.
Offensively, the Mets scored all three of their runs in the 4th inning, courtesy of a Jeff McNeil solo home run and a 2 run double by Ronny Mauricio. McNeil finished the night, going 3 for 4 and Mauricio continues to provide some spark since being finally brought up to the majors a little more than a week ago.
However in a familiar 2023 scene, the Mets bullpen promptly coughs up the lead. After their more reliable relievers in Sean Reid-Foley and Brooks Raley each throws a scoreless inning in the 6th and 7th innings, respectively, the lesser reliable ones come in to blow it. First, Trevor Gott gives up the tying home run to former Met Tommy Pham in the 8th inning. Then Mr Inconsistency Drew Smith gives up the go ahead run in the 9th inning to make it 4-3 DBacks.
The Mets did have a chance in the bottom of the 9th inning. Mauricio walked to begin the inning, advanced to second base on the Brett Baty sacrifice bunt, and then provided more spark by stealing third base, representing the tying run with one out. But Daniel Vogelback struck out looking. Omar Narvaez walked and was pinch run by Tim Locastro, who stole second base without an attempt by Arizona. But Brandon Nimmo flied out to end the threat and the game.
The bullpen continues its futility, but another strong start by Quintana, McNeil’s strong night, and Mauricio continuing to show what he can do, provided some bright moments during another frustrating defeat.
The mets will look to bounce back tomorrow behind starter Jose Butto, who will look to build upon his strong start vs the Washington Nationals last week.