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Quality Start Begets Brutal Loss

Due to the ineffectiveness and injury to Tommy Milone, the Mets put Robert Gsellman back in the rotation. 

Gsellman went out there and gave the Mets what is technically considered a quality start, which is three earned over six innings. Things might’ve gone better for him, but Yangervis Solarte got to him twice knocking in all three runs against Gsellman. 

After the top of the sixth, Gsellman had thrown just 84 pitches. There would be no seventh inning though because Gsellman was due to lead off the inning. That and the fact Gsellman hasn’t started in a while. 

Still, it should not have mattered. The Mets were up 5-3 against the team with arguable the worst offense in the National League. 

Well, the Mets look like the worst bullpen in the National League, and Terry Collins used all the quality arms last night. Well push came to shove, and Fernando Salas was the one who got hit. 

Salas loaded the bases with two outs following a pinch hit single by Chase d’Arnaud with back-to-back walks to Matt Szczur and Solarte. At that point, Collins decided to make the worst possible move he could’ve made. He went with Neil Ramirez and his 10.32 ERA to pitch to Wil Myers:

Thanks in part to a little luck and some Timo Perez-esque base running, the Padres only tied the score. Fortunately, Josh Edgin got the Mets out of the jam. 

Unfortunately, Collins went to Josh Smoker to pitch the eighth. For the second straight night he was greeted with a long home run. This one was hit by Hunter Renfroe

Renfroe would return the favor to the Mets in the bottom of the eighth. He flat out dropped a Juan Lagares fly ball. To his credit, Lagares hustled on the play and got to second base. The Mets would strand him there. 

That was about all that the Mets offense had done wrong on the night. Michael Conforto continued to rake going 2-3 with a run, RBI, and two walks. Wilmer Flores hit a bases clearing double in the third. He scored on a Curtis Granderson single. Overall, every Mets starter except Rene Rivera reached base at least once. 

The Mets offense would get one last chance against Brad Hand who came on to save the Padres 6-5 lead. 

Neil Walker got the rally started with a lead-off single. Lucas Duda had a tough at-bat drawing a well earned walk, his third of the game. He came off for Matt Reynolds. The bases were then loaded as Flores hit a seeing eye single just past the shortstop. 
Granderson and Rivera then struck out putting the game in Lagares’ hands. Renfroe wouldn’t drop this flyball leading to yet another brutal loss created by a bullpen meltdown. At least we know Collins won’t learn from this game either. 

Game Notes: Jay Bruce sat with a back injury. 

2 thoughts on “Quality Start Begets Brutal Loss”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Now I really appreciate you!

    I missed the game and I throughly loved your post.
    It was suspenseful up to the end.

    TC & The Pen (someone has to write a ballad!)

    – I believe Terry is putting the full deck out for management. “This is what we have. I must use all pieces. I can not pitch and burn thru only the most effective ones. I will give everyone reasonable rest and a reasonable situation. I will give each guy a few tries. I will let mgmt. see what we have or what we don’t have. It will be plain and clear. If I am hinting that I want them to acquire someone, it is what it is. I am not a mnority owner, my job is to manage and not to EVERYTIME share the organizational financial constraints.

    If I do not get results I get fired, the owner does not. If the owner fails to make timely interest payments he goes to court and I do not.

    They do their job, I do mine!
    Hopefully thry let me do mine…

    My job is to hold leads, to stay close, to have Smoker throw a first pitch strike away from a player’s breadbox and to win after the sixth inning.”

    “It is a long season and I must pitch Salas often and Ramirez must contribute to holding a lead. I pitch them and mgmt. pays them…”.

    When I go away on holiday I will come here first for recaps and game summaries!

    Thanks you Daddy…

    1. metsdaddy says:

      No thank you. I really appreciate your reading and commenting.

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