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Robert Gsellman turned in a shaky start against the Miami Marlins, lasting four-and-two-thirds innings while allowing eight runs. He led off the night by loading the bases and allowing a grand slam to Marcell Ozuna. The Mets responded quickly, putting up 3 runs driven in by a Travis d’Arnaud triple. Yoenis Cespedes’ offensive tour-de-force continued, helping the Mets claw back and regain the lead with his second multi-homer game of the week.
The game remained close with the lead changing back and forth and tied entering the 8th inning after Michael Conforto plated d’Arnaud. The score held at 8-8 until d’Arnaud hit a one-run shot off Miami’s planned Friday starter Adam Conley. Hansel Robles, in his fourth appearance in as many days, earned the save.
The Mets activated Juan Lagares from the disabled list Thursday, a day earlier than was previously anticipated. Paul Sewald was demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas as the corresponding move. Michael Conforto’s roster spot appears safe for now.
Jose Reyes was not in the starting lineup yesterday, a result of his continued struggles at the plate. Terry Collins described the benching as a ‘break’, also noting that he plans to rest a few of his other veterans this weekend. Reyes entered the game as pinch hitter and singled in his only at-bat.
One theory for Reyes’ cold start may be his guilty conscience, as alleged by his ex-girlfriend Christina Sanchez, who is currently suing Reyes for an increase in child support for their daughter.
Conforto continues to make the most of each and every at-bat, going 1-for-2 and doubling in the tying run in the top of the 8th inning. Even though he’d prefer to get regular starts, he feels he benefits from getting his at-bats in the majors.
Around The NL East
Joel Sherman notes that Daniel Murphy’s strong late career play can be compared to Marlins manager Don Mattingly’s, just in reverse.
The Marlins are hoping to erect a statue of fallen pitcher Jose Fernandez before the conclusion of the 2017 season.
A case is made for patience with Phillies starter Vince Velasquez, who has started off the season with two losses and an ERA of 9.00.
The Reds, Diamondbacks, and Angels have come out of the gates quickly this season, and are currently in first in their respective divisions. ESPN’s Mark Simon wonders if they’ll be able to stay this hot all year.
Shortstop Carlos Correa has stated that he is not willing to pursue an early multi-year contract with the Houston Astros. He isn’t slated to be a free agent until 2021.
Yesterday at AA
Robert Wolff talks about Zack Wheelers hard earned first win since 2014.
Episode 233 of the podcast dropped.
This Date In Mets History
Mets legend Jerry Koosman made his major league debut on this date in 1967. He held the Phillies hitless for two and two thirds inning in relief of starter Jack Fisher.