That’s a whole lot of timber sacrificed so the Mets can have bats serving such little function.
In a efficiency that has turn out to be too typical, the Mets closed their homestand with a thud Sunday, not awakening till late in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies at Citi Subject.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso mixed for 5 of the crew’s seven hits, because the Mets had been held to 2 runs or fewer for the seventh time in 13 video games as MLB’s Thirtieth-ranked crew in scoring.
The Mets are 5-8 over that stretch, however have misplaced just one recreation within the NL East standings. The Mets lead the Nationals by 4 video games.
After Zack Wheeler dominated them for seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts, the Mets lastly broke by means of in opposition to Jose Alvarado within the eighth. Alonso’s third hit of the sport, an RBI single that adopted Lindor’s second double of the afternoon, gave the Mets a run earlier than Kevin Pillar homered within the ninth in opposition to Archie Bradley.
Marcus Stroman, coming back from left hip discomfort that pressured him to go away early from his earlier begin final week, went three innings and allowed 4 runs, two of which had been unearned, on 5 hits and three walks. He departed after 74 pitches.
Two glowing performs to start the sport helped Stroman — Michael Conforto and Pillar made consecutive diving catches within the outfield — however sloppy performs later damage the right-hander.
Within the second inning, Jeff McNeil, overlaying first, dropped the throw on Wheeler’s sacrifice bunt, loading the bases. Odubel Herrera adopted with a sacrifice fly that grew to become an unearned run.
After Nick Maton stroked a two-run double within the third that put Stroman in a 3-0 gap, one other flub damage the Mets: Luis Guillorme threw away Ronald Torreyes’ grounder, permitting Maton to attain the Phillies’ second unearned run of the sport.
The Mets had their alternative to claw again into the sport within the fifth, after Wheeler allowed a single to Billy McKinney main off the inning and walked Pillar. However Guillorme was retired on a line drive to 3rd base and supervisor Luis Rojas, who had already used Travis Blankenhorn to pinch hit earlier, opted to permit Corey Oswalt to bat. Oswalt sacrificed the runners to second and third earlier than McNeil was retired for the ultimate out.
Oswalt gave the Mets a second sturdy reduction look, pitching 4 shutout innings through which he allowed 4 hits and struck out 4. The precise-hander allowed one earned run over 2 ¹/₃ innings on Wednesday.