Two batters into the game, Michael Conforto staked the Mets to a 2-0 lead, following Jose Reyes's lead-off double with an opposite-field home run off of Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (Conforto's 2nd in 17 at-bats against left-handers this year). An uneven, back-and-forth affair unfurled from there, but the song remained the same sour, monotonous dirge the Mets have endured of late, ending in an 11th inning 5-4 loss to Arizona, the team’s seventh straight defeat.
The Diamondbacks got a run back in the bottom of the first, then took a 3-2 lead on a Jake Lamb home run in the third. The Mets responded in the top of the fourth with Juan Lagares's first home run of the year and a Jose Reyes RBI double to regain the lead at 4-3.
Matt Harvey muddled through 5.1 innings, surrendering six hits and four walks in an outing Harvey called a huge step forward but that others might call “meh.” Harvey's chance for a win disappeared in the seventh as Robert Gsellman, making his first appearance out of the bullpen since his debut in relief of Jon Niese in St. Louis last August, was unable to hold the lead. Recent unwelcome addition to the ranks of Met killers Yasmany Tomas needed only a double this time, scoring Paul Goldschmidt with the tying run.
From there, the game remained knotted into the eleventh inning. The Met bullpen actually fired three perfect innings (Jerry Blevins with one and Addison Reed with two), but the offense was unable to capitalize, leaving at least one man on in every inning except the 10th.
As Howie Rose & Josh Lewin introduced Rafael Montero in the bottom of the 11th, some may have started mentally preparing an unhappy recap. They wouldn't have gotten very far, as Montero's seventh pitch to his first batter, Chris Herrmann, landed 448 feet away, as the walk-off home run brought an ignominious close to the Mets 0-6 road trip.
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Big winners: Addison Reed, +29.5% WPA, Jerry Blevins, +11.3% WPA, Josh Edgin, +9.4% WPA
Big losers: Rafael Montero, -35.3 WPA, T.J. Rivera, -14.9% WPA, Jay Bruce, -13.4% WPA, Robert Gsellman, -12.3% WPA, Kevin Plawecki, -10.8% WPA
The aw3s0mest play: Michael Conforto’s two-run home run in the first inning, +12.2%
The sux0rest play: Chris Herrmann’s home run in the 11th inning, -35.3%
Total pitcher WPA: 1.1% WPA+
Total batter WPA: 51.1% WPA-
GWRBI!: Chris Herrmann