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Mets Somehow Hold On And Win

After not having his typical second half run, Zack Wheeler had turned it on of late allowing just one earned in each of his past two starts. He’d do the same tonight.

It initially didn’t seem like that was going to be the case tonight. In the first inning, he immediately got into trouble. Ketel Marte hit a leadoff single, stole second, and he cane home on an Eduardo Escobar RBI single putting the Mets down 1-0.

After that first inning, Marte continued to give him fits doubling and walking, but Wheeler would find his way around his getting on base without yielding another run.

What helped Wheeler was his ability to get the big strikeout. In fact, he’d strike out seven Diamondbacks in the game. It’s the highest amount of strikeouts he’d have in a game in over a month.

The other thing working for Wheeler was his getting two double plays. After all was said and done, he’d have a final line of 7.0 IP, 7 H, R, ER, 2 BB, and 7 K.

For him, it was a matter of who was going to provide the offense as Zac Gallen completely shut down Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso who combined to strike out six times in six at-bats. This made Gallen the first ever pitcher to strike out McNeil three times in a game. He’d fly out in the seventh to avoid his first golden sombrero.

With the Mets two big bats atop the lineup being completely shut down, the Mets needed someone to step up. That someone would be Todd Frazier.

In the bottom of the second, Frazier hit a go-ahead RBI double. On the play, the Diamondbacks had a perfectly executed relay, and upon replay it appeared they got Amed Rosario at the plate, but the initial safe call was upheld.

What was interesting about that play was in the fourth, it appeared Brandon Nimmo avoided Alex Avila‘s tag when the Mets ran a contact play with Wheeler at the plate.

At least tonight, those two calls evened out for the Mets.

Nimmo being on third on that play was a point of contention for Keith Hernandez. On Frazier’s fourth inning RBI double, his second of the game, it appeared as if Josh Rojas might’ve been able to make a play.

Instead of going to second, he stopped just a little more than halfway. As a result, he couldn’t score on a ball which hit the top of the wall meaning Robinson Cano would score the only run on the play.

This meant a 3-1 instead of a 4-1 lead on a night when Seth Lugo was unavailable.

In the eighth, Brad Brach allowed a long opposite field homer to Escobar to make it just a 3-2 lead.

With two out and nobody on, Mickey Callaway wasn’t messing around by going to Justin Wilson for the four out save.

After a walk to Rojas, Adam Jones flew out to end the inning. While it was just two batters, Wilson had to work needing 10 pitches to get out Jones and 15 pitches total.

To put it in perspective, since coming off the IL, he only threw more than 20 pitches three times over 26 appearances. Perhaps that is why Edwin Diaz was warming as the inning began.

Wilson was asked to do something he hadn’t done since April 2. It wouldn’t be pretty. Really, it wasn’t pretty at all.

Nick Ahmed led off the ninth with a single, and he’d be on third after a fielder’s choice and a Kevin Cron pinch hit single past a diving Rosario. That’s when all heck broke loose.

Marte hit a ball to Alonso freezing Ahmed at third. With it sinking, Tim Locastro froze at first and Ahmed at third. While Alonso dove, he couldn’t complete the catch.

He immediately picked up the ball and stepped on first. Then, instead of getting Locastro, who was dead to rights, he tried to pick Ahmed off third. With Ahmed getting back safely, the Mets all-time leader in walk-off hits, Wilmer Flores, stepped up to the plate.

Despite Wilson clearly tiring and everyone running around with their heads cut off,Callaway stuck with Wilson. His faith was rewarded as he struck out Flores to end the game.

After the 3-2 win, the Mets are tied in the loss column with the Diamondbacks and a four behind in the loss column to the Cubs.

Game Notes: Callaway said Frazier started over J.D. Davis because Davis needs days off. It should be noted Davis hurt his leg about a month ago. In Brooklyn, Edgardo Alfonzo led the Brooklyn Cyclones to the NYPL Championship. It’s their first championship since they were awarded one in the wake of 9/11.

2 thoughts on “Mets Somehow Hold On And Win”

  1. Blair M. Schirmer says:

    What a game. The Mets in the 4th made themselves look very bad.

    Even as good a player as Nimmo failed in the 4th to run inside the 3rd-to-home baseline and make Escobar’s throw home on a ground ball to third that much more difficult–even impossible, when the play was going to be close. I think it was Jeff McNeil who did it the right way within the last week and caused the 3bman to give up on the throw home and go to 1st base, instead, getting the out but letting McNeil score the run. This is a basic play–to interfere with the 3Bman’s line of sight and ability to throw to the catcher at the plate by running inside, not outside the baseline–and Nimmo missed it.

    Just before that the announcers called out Nimmo for failing to advance correctly on the basepaths and put himself in a position to score when Frazier’s tripl…er, doubled to the wall, a mistake that left Nimmo at 3rd from where he’d be thrown out.

    Not to mention Frazier foolishly lollygagging on his fly ball to the wall, though Nimmo saved his bacon by not scoring and thereby not making Frazier look quite as foolish for not getting as far as 3B.

    Then there was Alonso’s bizarre faux pas with 1 out in the 9th, knocking down the ball on a nice dive (or in Alonso’s case, more a nice “controlled fall” since he’s not really capable of actually diving–he falls down well for a big guy, though), getting to 1B, then throwing to 3rd, where he had no chance of getting the runner, oblivious to Locastro who was right in front of him on the basepath to 2nd. Always nice to see Rosario celebrating a win, too, even though it involved forgetting how many outs there were. Was Cano yelling at Alonso during that play? He seemed to be gesturing wildly at the 1Bman to throw home for some reason–so points for deciding to participate, I guess.

    Sometimes you wonder how these guys win even 70 games in a season. The ineptitude from even their experienced players is remarkable and not infrequent.

    —Startling to see McNeil K 3x in a game. And in two cases on what looked like the same pitch in the exact same location.

    —And the Padres just jumped out to a 6-2 lead against the Cubs. If they hold on to win that leaves the Mets down by 3 with 18 to play. Not bad at all. Now that the FO has figured out that Edwin Diaz v2019 is not a closer, albeit a couple of months late, this team could go places!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      1. Nimmo did a bad job on the bases, but for the life of me, I don’t get the contact play with the pitcher up.

      2. I’ll say this for Alonso. If he goes to second, it’s probably a run down with the tying run scoring.

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