Pitching assistance is on the best way for the Mets, however it could possibly’t come quickly sufficient.
The Mets cut up a pair of video games with the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Citi Field, dropping the collection 2-1. In the primary recreation, Denyi Reyes was shaky because the opener however within the second, Tylor Megill had a strong outing and Francisco Alvarez had a implausible recreation behind the plate and on the plate.
Calling up Reyes to make a begin was all the time a chance. There have all the time been questions on whether or not or not his stuff may play on the huge league degree and the Mets thought he possessed the traits to have the ability to begin.
Reyes (0-1) was used as an opener Monday within the first recreation of a doubleheader in opposition to the Atlanta Braves and he put the Mets in a gap instantly. The Mets have been almost capable of overcome it, coming inside one run of tying the sport within the sixth inning and once more with one within the ninth. But Sean Murphy hit his second house run of the sport within the seventh inning off right-hander Jeff Brigham to doom the Mets in a 9-8 loss. The Mets took the second recreation 5-3.
“We were proud,” supervisor Buck Showalter stated. “Guys kept battling back.”
The Mets acquired house runs from Pete Alonso, Brett Baty and Eduardo Escobar. They hit Spencer Strider (4-0) exhausting, tagging one of many NL East’s premier pitchers for 4 earned runs on 5 hits and limiting him to 5 innings.
“They got after it, they competed and we had a chance,” Showalter stated. “We just couldn’t keep it in the ballpark.”
Weather postponements left the Mets’ bullpen in a great spot and so they have been capable of lean on guys like Tommy Hunter and Stephen Nogosek, who was activated from the injured listing earlier than the sport, to pitch the Mets again into the sport after Reyes gave up 5 earned runs over the primary and second innings. Reyes recorded solely three outs however he was eliminated within the second after giving up a two-run homer to former Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar.
“I was trying to execute my pitch there and it didn’t happen,” Reyes stated by way of a translator.
Reyes, who was making on the second begin of his profession, was then changed by right-hander John Curtiss, who was known as up from Triple-A Syracuse over the weekend to take the place of left-hander David Peterson on the roster. Curtiss then gave up a house run to Ronald Acuña Jr., earlier than retiring the remainder of the facet.
Nogosek went 2 2/3 innings in reduction, limiting the Braves to solely a single hit. Hunter went two innings, putting out the facet within the eighth.
“Tommy did a really good job there, especially in that part of the order,” Showalter stated. “We got a short start from Reyes. We were hoping to get three out of him.”
Atlanta noticed Strider a 3-0 lead after Murphy’s first house run, which was additionally of the three-run selection, within the first inning. The Mets pushed one throughout the plate within the backside of the body however three extra runs within the second put them down 6-1.
Alonso hit a three-run shot within the third off Strider within the third to chop the result in 6-4. It was his eleventh of the season and it ties him with Max Muncy for the league lead.
Baty hit his second house run of the season within the sixth off left-hander Dylan Lee to make it 6-5.
Then got here Murphy’s second homer. The Mets scored two extra within the backside of the seventh and got here inside putting distance once more within the backside of the ninth when Eduardo Escobar pinch-hit a house run off left-hander A.J. Minter. The Mets couldn’t full the comeback and Minter transformed the save (six).
“Our guys kept plugging back there and we had the tying run at the plate,” Showalter stated. “We had our chances and we cashed in on a lot of them.”
Megill went 5 ⅔ innings within the second recreation, exiting after giving up three runs within the sixth. But Alvarez picked him up within the backside of the inning, doubling off the left area wall to attain two and put the Mets again up 4-3. Jeff McNeil homered off Joe Jimenez within the eighth to provide the Mets an insurance coverage run.
Megill allowed three earned runs on 4 hits, walked three and struck out 4. Drew Smith (2-1) picked up the win in reduction and David Robertson went two innings to transform his sixth save.
McNeil went 2-for-4 with a house run and two runs scored. Alvarez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and drew excessive reward for his work with the pitchers.
“He calls a great game,” Megill stated. “If there’s a pitch that he calls that I don’t specifically want to throw, I’ll shake it off and call what I want to throw. For the most part, it’s been smooth sailing the whole way through.”