Two relievers didn’t merely flush the Mets’ six-run lead Saturday night time in a devastating loss to the Pirates, they ensured robust performances from one participant simply again from the injured record and the most recent eye-popping efficiency from an unheralded rookie rotation substitute additionally have been wasted.
J.D. Davis rocked a pair of two-run homers and beginning pitcher Tylor Megill tossed six scoreless innings within the best and longest of his 5 main league begins, however each contributions have been squandered as Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz coughed up 9 runs within the closing two innings of a crushing 9-7 Mets loss in Pittsburgh.
“I simply stored it easy, being within the four-spot you gotta do some harm,” stated Davis, who batted cleanup in his first begin since Could 1 after to a prolonged IL stint. “However on the finish of the day, a loss is a loss, and it’s a horrible feeling.”
The Mets have obtained shock contributions throughout their roster to stay in first place for the previous 10 weeks, however maybe none have been extra surprising or necessary than Megill’s continued stellar performances.
The 2018 eighth-round select of Arizona tossed six shutout frames, scattering six hits with two strikeouts and no walks. He departed in place to earn his first main league victory — though the Mets had received every of his earlier 4 begins since he was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on June 23.
The 25-year-old Megill has lasted at the very least 5 full innings in three of his final 4 appearances, however Saturday’s outing marked the primary time he accomplished the sixth in his transient profession.
“Excellent, as soon as once more. This child is getting higher every day, he’s studying … and I’m excited to look at him,” supervisor Luis Rojas stated. “This man, as younger as he’s and as little expertise he has on the massive league degree, he does a number of good issues.
“We’ve received ourselves a pitcher right here after we’re in want. … I believe this can be a man that may make a distinction.”
The 6-foot-7 righty retired the facet to ensure that the primary time within the sport in his closing body, ending with a career-high 93 pitches whereas decreasing his ERA to 2.63 over 24 innings.
Megill’s robust displaying got here at a fortuitous time for the Mets (47-42), a number of hours after it was revealed that workers ace Jacob deGrom is coping with tightness in his proper forearm. The 2-time Cy Younger Award winner won’t resume throwing till that tightness subsides, Rojas stated earlier than the sport.
Megill, who began the season at Double-A Binghamton, was supplied a 4-0 lead by Davis’ two-run homers within the fourth and sixth innings. The Mets prolonged the cushion to 6 earlier than Lugo was tagged for a five-spot within the eighth and Diaz surrendered a walk-off grand slam to Jacob Stallings with two outs within the ninth.
“One thing like that occurs, it positively dampens the temper,” Megill stated. “However tomorrow is a brand new day and a brand new alternative to exit and win and get the momentum swinging in the appropriate method.”