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Mets vs. Angels Recap: Milone gives up eight, Halos score a dozen

The Sunday struggles continued in Flushing.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

It certainly wasn’t a “Sunday Funday” for the New York Mets. Although they did win the series, they dropped the series finale to the Angels and have not won a Sunday game since April 9.

Tommy Milone was on the hill, making his third start in orange and blue after being acquired off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s getting easier to see why he was released. After issuing a single to Cameron Maybin, a double to Andrelton Simmons, and an intentional walk of Mike Trout, he walked Jefry Marte to bring in the first Angels run. The next batter, C.J. Cron, promptly hit a grand slam to set the Mets back 5-0.

In the top of the second inning, Simmons reached on a throw from Wilmer Flores. Milone pitched to Trout and Marte, who both hit home runs, knocking him out of the game after one-and-one-third innings with eight runs allowed.

Rafael Montero, the man of a thousand chances, entered in relief and was adequate if not effective. He struck out and walked three over three-and-two-thirds innings, allowing an RBI double to Mike Trout in the top of the third.

The Mets’ bats continued their consistent play. Matt Reynolds hit his first home run of the year in the bottom of the third. Curtis Granderson, who might be emerging from his slump, hit his fourth home run of the season in the fifth inning. Jay Bruce hit a three-run home run off Jesse Chavez to plate Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores. Any chances of a comeback were squashed by the Angels’ bullpen, which held the Mets hitless over the last three-and-one-third innings.

Hansel Robles, who is currently tied for fifth on a Mets-filled ‘Most Major League Relief Appearances’ list, handled the seventh inning. After walking Danny Espinosa and drawing an out from Martin Maldonado, the Mets were able to catch Espinosa stealing second base after reviewing the play. Robles walked Luis Valbuena and then give up a double to Cameron Maybin to put runners on second and third base. Andrelton Simmons proceeded to hit a three-run home run to put the Angels ahead 12-5.

The Mets are off on Monday and will begin a three-game series at home against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

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Win Probability Added

What’s WPA?

Big winners: None
Big losers: Tommy Milone, -44.8%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Jay Bruce hits three-run home run in the sixth, +4.1% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: C.J. Cron hits a grand slam in the first, -14.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -48.7% WPA
Total batter WPA: -1.3% WPA
GWRBI!: Andrelton Simmons