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Wilmer Throws This One Away

Imagine believing you need to use multiple relievers every inning. Imagine using the same relievers. relievers day after day after day. Sooner or later it catches up to you. That moment was today for the Mets. 

It spoiled what was a good day for Tommy Milone. Despite being released by the Brewers and his not having started a game since April 25th, he pitched well. 

Milone pitched five innings allowing six hits, two runs, two earned, and two walks with five strikeouts. He exited the game in the sixth after allowing back-to-back singles to Buster Posey and Christian Arroyo

Fernando Salas came on for Milone and allowed one of the inherited runners to score. That run scored when Justin Ruggiano followed a Nick Hundley single with a deep sacrifice fly. From there Salas slammed the door shut. 
Gorkys Hernandez grounded to the third baseman Wilmer Flores. Instead of trying for the around the horn double play, Flores went home. Kevin Plawecki made a terrific play picking up Flores’ short-hopped throw to tag out Arroyo, who just stopped running on the play. Salas followed this out by striking out Mike Morse to end the rally. 
With Salas ending the rally, Milone was in position to earn his first win in a Mets uniform – a win he didn’t get.  Milone was in that position because he helped his own cause. In the fourth, Milone hit an RBI single off Matt Cain to expand the Mets lead to 3-1. The single scored Curtis Granderson, who had a pretty good game himself. 

It started with an opposite field double in the first inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead. He also reached on a Buster Posey error to get the aforementioned rally started. 

The other run was courtesy of Jay Bruce:

After losing one to the rainout, Bruce finally got his 10th home run back. The third inning homer also snapped a 1-1 tie. The game was tied because Posey hit yet another homer off the Mets. 

The Mets had a chance to put the game away in the sixth. With a perfect Juan Lagares bunt down the third base line, the bases were loaded against Giants reliever George Kontos with one out. Kontos then recorded back-to-back strikeouts of Asdrubal Cabrera (pinch hitting for Salas) and Jose Reyes to keep it at 3-2. 

The Mets similarly fizzled in the seventh. Bruce and Neil Walker hit back-to-back one out singles. Granderson popped up, and Flores lined out to kill that rally. 

The Mets bullpen tried to keep it at 3-2. Josh Edgin (one batter) and Hansel Robles combined to pitch a scoreless seventh. This continues Robles’ 14 inning scoreless streak. 

Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins pitched a scoreless eighth.  Blevins came on with two outs in the eighth because Brandon Belt was announced as a pinch hitter. Blevins probably came on because Terry Collins was probably having a panic attack thinking about the possibility Blevins may not pitch in a game. He also completely disregarded Reed’s numbers against left-handed batters. 

The Mets would rue the town blown opportunities to tack on runs as Jeurys Familia blew his first save of the season. 

Ironically, it wasn’t Conor Gillaspie who got to him. In fact, Familia dispatched with him easily. In fact, it was Flores who got to Familia. After Joe Panik walked, Flores threw off line to second. Instead of an inning ending double play, there were runners on first and second. Hunter Pence singled past a diving Flores to tie the game at 3-3. Posey then walked, and Arroyo hit a bases clearing double to make it 6-3.

At that point, Rafael Montero came into the game. Note, he didn’t make his way into a 6-1 game, but today, he relieved Familia. Because he has a sick sense of humor, Montero recorded two quick outs to get out of the inning. 

Flores redeemed himself a bit in the ninth. After the Mets put two on with two outs in the ninth, he came up. Flores hit one that deflected just off Ruggiano’s glove and the top of the wall. It made it 6-5, but it was too little too late. Kevin Plawecki grounded out to the catcher ending the game. 

 The winning streak is over, and the Mets fell to a game under .500. 

Game Notes: Michael Conforto sat with a hamstring issue. With Bruce in right and Juan Lagares in center, Granderson played left. With Conforto sitting, Reyes returned to the lead-off spot. 

0 thoughts on “Wilmer Throws This One Away”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Hey, any team will fight hard to avoid a sweep. ‘If this was game one of the series would the Giants pen have shut down every one of those small ball efforts in the later innngs?

    It would be a first place team that played desperate frim innng one to get way ahead to assure a win today, yet without that I see many, many positives.

    As John McCain, a man of impeccable integrity and class days:
    ‘Lot of shoes to drop from this centipede’

    Terry’s efforts look pure, orthodox, with integrity, purpose, consistent over a few ganes and I look for the following to the other shoes to drop (improve):

    – Juan Lagares just getting his OBP way up
    – Reyes keeping his stroke short more consistently
    – Rivera hitting over .260
    – Montero getting some confidence
    – Wilmer hitting righties

    TC may have the same approach to his hitters, execute or play less.

    Yet

    Though third is not SS I do not see so far Wilmer beeing fast twitch enough to play any above average third, he has historically had a few back issues shich may also effect his play on the bunt, bare hand and I do not see him starting at third much.

    If Dom Smith hits lefties this Sept and Walker returns next spring, time to unload Wilmer to the AL next winter?

    There must be some mechanical flaws with Plawecki’s swing?

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