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Mets come close to a comeback against Yankees but fall short

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The Mets rallied in the ninth, but came up just short in their second game at Yankee Stadium.

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Despite a three-run rally in the top of the ninth, the Mets dropped their Saturday afternoon game with the Yankees 7-6. Steven Matz was beat up in five innings, though his defense did him no favors, and the offense was quiet for much of the game. Aroldis Chapman’s total lack of control got the Mets back into the game in the ninth, but Devin Mesoraco and Wilmer Flores couldn’t get the job done with the tying run on base.

Early on, things were looking good for Steven Matz and the Mets. He worked around an infield single in the first and a walk in the third to hold the Yankees off the board through three innings. On the other side of the ball, Michael Conforto hit the first pitch of the second inning deep to right field, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead and continuing what can hopefully be the start of a second half surge.

Things went downhill in the fourth, however. After the Mets left two men on in the top of the frame, Matz gave up an infield single to Giancarlo Stanton to start the bottom half. Didi Gregorius followed with a triple that Matt den Dekker should have caught in centerfield, and Miguel Andujar followed with a double that den Dekker also should have caught. Greg Bird doubled off the wall, and Austin Romine capped the inning with a bloop single that, for a third time, den Dekker should have caught. Matz was getting hit hard for sure, but his center fielder let him down big time and the Yankees suddenly had a 4-1 lead.

In the fifth, the Mets stranded another two men on base, with Asdrubal Cabrera getting thrown out after spiking his back on a checked-swing strike call that he was unhappy with to top it off. They finally broke through in the sixth, when walks by Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista with one chased Sonny Gray from the Gray. Daniel Robertson replaced him, and after striking out Kevin Plawecki, surrendered an RBI single to Amed Rosario. Jose Bautista had an excellent bit of baserunning on the play, going first-to-third, which allowed him to score when Robertson’s pickoff throw to first hit Rosario. The Mets were back in it, trailing 4-3.

Matz handed one of those runs right back unfortunately, allowing a double to Miguel Andujar and a single to Greg Bird without recording an out in the sixth. He finished his outing after 5+ innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Tim Peterson replaced him and limited the damage, but served up a leadoff home run to Aaron Judge in the seventh that re-established the three-run lead for the Yankees.

The Yankees added another run in the eighth on a couple singles and an RBI groundout off of Anthony Swarzak, and the Yankees brought Aroldis Chapman in to close things out with a 7-3 lead. The Mets wouldn’t go quietly, however, and Chapman had nothing. A walk, an infield single, then ten straight balls and a HBP scored two Met runs and left the bases loaded with no outs, ending Chapman’s outing without recording a single out.

Chasen Shreve replaced Chapman and ended things quickly. A double-play off the bat of Devin Mesoraco scored a run and left the tying run 90 feet away with two outs, but Wilmer Flores could only manage a little dribbler in front of the plate, and the Yankees hung on to win 7-6. The loss drops the Mets record to 40-56, and Jose Reyes has played 9 of the last 11 games. So it goes for the 2018 Mets.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Amed Rosario, +17.0% WPA; Brandon NImmo, +11.6% WPA; Jose Bautista, +11.0% WPA
Big losers: Steven Matz, -33.6% WPA; Devin Mesoraco, -31.7% WPA; Wilmer Flores, -16.3% WPA
Teh aw3s0mest play: Brandon Nimmo hit by pitch, cutting the Yankee lead to 7-5 in the ninth, +15.9% WPA
Teh sux0rest play: Devin Mesoraco grounds into a double play in the top of the ninth, -30.2% WPA
Total pitcher WPA: -33.8% WPA
Total batter WPA: -16.2% WPA
GWRBI!: Austin Romine