The Mets and Jeurys Familia followed up last night’s heartbreaker with another poor performance on their way to a 2-1 loss. It was 1-0 heading into the ninth and Familia was called upon to get the save after blowing his first save of the year the night before. He was unable to bounce back from that performance and blew his second straight save and picked up the loss.
Some poor luck and bad defense contributed to the inning. Rene Rivera thought a bunt would go foul but it stayed fair, which set up a bases-loaded situation. Familia got the strikeout he needed but when he coaxed a ground ball out of pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames, James Loney booted it to keep the inning going. The go-ahead run came on a wild pitch and after an intentional walk Familia’s outing was over. Hansel Robles came in to clean up the inning but the damage had already been done.
It was not all on Familia. The offense again could not extend the lead despite having many opportunities to do so. Their best chance came in the seventh when they had bases loaded and nobody out and failed to score.
Rene Rivera was one of the bright spots in the lineup. He went 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the second. Neil Walker also collected three hits, which came on the heels of another three-hit game last night.
Jacob deGrom, for his part, was able to put his last start in the rearview mirror and shut down the potent Rockies lineup. He was once again outstanding in the daytime and pitched seven strong innings. He struck out six and probably would have gone longer in the game, but the Mets’ rally in the seventh forced Terry Collins to pinch hit for him. Just like the last time he pitched against the Rockies in Colorado, the bullpen was not able to hold the lead so he could pick up the win.
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