The Mets lost another game, this time it was to the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 6-3. This was Arizona’s first win in four tries against the Mets this season as they were swept at Citi Field last month.
Things looked good in the first inning as Brandon Nimmo continued his impressive campaign and hit a home run to put the Mets up 1-0. That home run was Nimmo’s ninth on the year, breaking a tie with Yoenis Cespedes for second most on the team.
Former Met prospect Matt Koch started the game for the Diamondbacks and had a fairly effective outing against his former team. He went six innings while only giving up two runs and striking out five. He only allowed three hits in his start, two of them being home runs to Nimmo and Michael Conforto.
For the Mets, Jason Vargas took the hill in place of the wounded Steven Matz. Vargas performed just how you would expect, he went five innings, giving up three runs, walking two, and striking out three. The first inning was easy for Vargas as he struck out two, but the Diamondbacks struck to score runs in each of the next three innings on a single and a pair of homers.
Following Nimmo’s home run, the next run of the game came in the second inning. This run was tallied by the Diamondbacks on an RBI single by Ketel Marte. Vargas put two men on to start the inning by walking John Ryan Murphy and hitting David Peralta with a pitch. But, he was able to wiggle his way out of the two on, no out situation by getting a pair of fly outs and a strikeout.
In the third inning, the Mets were quiet again while the snakes struck again against Vargas. The scoring this time came on a two-run home run by the scorching hot Paul Goldschmidt. Just like that, the Mets’ early lead was no more, and the Diamondbacks had the lead they’d hold on to for the rest of the game. For good measure, Arizona added another run in their half of the fourth inning when David Peralta bonked a ball off of the batter’s eye in center to put the Diamondbacks up 3-1.
After a quiet fifth inning for both sides, the Mets scored in the top of the sixth inning with Michael Conforto hitting his eighth home run of the year to bring the Mets back within one run. With this run scored, the Mets had runs in multiple innings for the first time in just under two weeks. In the bottom half of the inning, the Mets did something else that they hadn’t done in almost two weeks when they brought in Hansel Robles.
Robles did a good job, retiring all but one hitter that he faced, but the relievers who followed him didn’t do as well. Jerry Blevins came in to get one out with one man on and allowed a single and hit a batter before he was lifted in favor of Paul Sewald. Sewald wasn’t much better as he walked his first batter, Nick Ahmed, to bring home the Diamondback’s fourth run of the night.
The Mets made things interesting in the eighth inning as Amed Rosario lead off with a home run to bring the Mets back to within one. But, the hope didn’t last for long as the Diamondbacks quickly countered in the bottom of the inning with two more runs. Jacob Rhame came in for the bottom of the eighth and he didn’t do great. After getting the first out, he gave up a home run to David Peralta, his second of the game, to put the Diamondbacks ahead 5-3. After getting one more out, Rhame allowed one more home run, this one to Jake Lamb.
The Mets gave their fans little to be excited about in the ninth as they went down in order against Brad Boxberger to seal their fate. They continued their seemingly unstoppable tailspin and fell to nine games below .500 for the season.
The Mets and Diamondbacks are back at it again tomorrow night at 9:40pm as Seth Lugo goes head-to-head with Zack Godley.
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Win Probability Added
Big winners: None
Big losers: Todd Frazier -21.4% WPA, Jacob Rhame -10.2% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Amed Rosario’s eighth inning home run, +12% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Todd Frazier’s eighth inning double play, -13.3% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -18.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -31.2% WPA
GWRBI!: Nick Ahmed