The Mets put two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth inning but couldn’t get the big hit and fell to the Reds, 3-2, Saturday night at Citi Field. It was the 34th one-run win of the year for the Reds, while the Mets have a 22-25 record in that split.
It was a frustrating night for the Mets, who had at least four balls hit well that died on the warning track. They scored their two runs on RBIs by Ronny Mauricio and Francisco Alvarez, with Alvarez delivering a double on his run-scoring hit. Alvarez had a good game at the plate, with one of those balls that died on the track – and a nice running catch by the Reds’ outfielder to take away an extra-base hit – and one of the two hits in the ninth.
But Alvarez threw a ball away on a pickoff throw at third base that led to one of the Reds’ runs. It wasn’t a great throw but the big problem was that the third baseman Mauricio was nowhere near the bag. Alvarez has gotten better on his pickoff throws to first but the ones to third are a work in progress. But it helps if the fielder is in position to make the catch.
Tylor Megill started and gave up 11 baserunners in 5.2 IP but the Reds only were able to score three runs. Maybe the Reds’ bad luck with runners on base and the Mets’ inability to have their hard-hit balls avoid gloves canceled each other out.
Whatever it was, it felt like a winnable game that didn’t turn out that way.