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Todd Frazier took Madison Bumgarner deep to end the Giants hurlers’ scoreless run against the Mets at 33 innings, but it wasn’t nearly enough as New York fell 3-1 to the Giants. Jacob deGrom surrendered one earned run in six innings, and it was a controversial one — the Mets started off the field after deGrom’s 0-2 pitch to Nick Hundley in the top of the fourth, but home plate umpire Tony Randazzo called a ball, though computerized strike zones on TV and online showed it well within the zone. Hundley walked and Bumgarner hit an RBI double for a 2-0 lead before the end of the frame, leading to deGrom’s chewing out Randazzo. The Mets ace struck out 10 and walked four. His counterpart yielded just five hits and one run in eight innings, and Will Smith earned the save in the ninth. Out of the Mets bullpen, Tyler Bashlor surrended an Evan Longoria solo home run in his two innings of work, and Drew Smith struck out two in a perfect ninth.
Much like in 2012, a quest for the National League Cy Young represents Mets fans’ greatest rooting interest in an otherwise miserable season.
Dwight Gooden has taken a “special interest” in deGrom’s pursuit of the Cy Young and the Mets’ ERA record.
With his potent bat-to-ball skills, Jeff McNeil reminds at least one scout of a ball-spraying former Mets infielder: Daniel Murphy.
The Mets rookie discussed how he’s adjusting to major league pitchers who are already being forced to adjust to him.
Around the National League East
In his first matchup with the Marlins since Jose Urena ended his leadoff home run streak by hitting him with a pitch, Ronald Acuna exacted revenge in the form of a dinger off Elieser Hernandez as the Braves blanked Miami, 5-0. Check out recaps from Talking Chop and Fish Stripes.
The two other NL East teams squared off in a matchup of the two starters competing with deGrom for the Cy Young: Aaron Nola and Max Scherzer. The Phillies aced edged out that of the Nationals for a 2-0 victory. Read recaps from The Good Phight and Federal Baseball.
Around Major League Baseball
Mike Fiers is the latest mediocre veteran to turn into a stud once adorned with an A’s uniform.
It’s not the majors, but whatever: You’ve gotta see this two-run, walk-off suicide squeeze in the semifinals of the Japanese High School Baseball Championship, also known as Summer Koshien.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Some big games for some of the Mets’ best prospects yesterday: Peter Alonso cracked a pair of doubles in a loss in Triple-A; Mark Vientos went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and a walk for the Kingsport Mets in rookie ball; in the same game, Jarred Kelenic went 3-for-4 with a homer and a pair of steals.
This Date in Mets History
Remember Mike Jacobs? The one-dimensional masher hit two bombs against the Diamondbacks on this date in his fourth career game and added a wall-scraping double, making him the first player in the history of the majors to hit four dingers through his first four contests.