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Mets Morning News: Bullpen blues in Arizona

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Meet the Mets

The Mets suffered another heartbreaking late-inning loss at the hands of the bullpen, falling to the Diamondbacks 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the eleventh inning. The Mets staked an early lead and Jacob deGrom retired fifteen Diamondbacks in a row at one point, but Jeurys Familia and Robert Gsellman combined to cough up the lead in the eighth and Tyler Bashlor allowed the winning run in the eleventh. To add injury to insult, deGrom was pulled from the game early with discomfort in his hip.

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Mickey Callaway said after the game that deGrom is “too important to the franchise” to risk leaving him in the game with his hip acting up.

Robinson Cano will not be activated today, but is eyeing Tuesday for a potential return.

Tim Healey of Newsday caught up with Wilmer Flores, who is really happy in Arizona, where he can afford a much larger house, even though he misses his Mets teammates.

Anthony McCarron writes about the shared 50th anniversary of the World Champion Mets and the moon landing.

The Mets need to tack on runs when they can and not let teams hang around, writes Kevin Kernan.

Around the National League East

The Phillies also lost in walk-off fashion last night by a score of 4-3 to the Dodgers. Bryce Harper tied the game for the Phillies with a two-run homer in the eighth, but Will Smith hit a walk-off shot against Hector Neris in the ninth—the first home run of his career. The Phillies also used an opener for the first time, with Jose Alvarez starting the game off with two scoreless innings of work.

The Phillies are closing in on a deal to acquire Jay Bruce from the Mariners, sending a minor leaguer and cash back to Seattle, reports Ken Rosenthal.

The Nationals hit two homers against former National Tanner Roark en route to a 5-2 victory over the Reds. Roark was able to hit a homer of his own, but it was not enough to overcome the deficit for the Reds.

The Nationals have signed veteran relief pitcher Fernando Rodney to a minor league deal. Rodney was released by the A’s after posting a 9.42 ERA in 14 13 innings this season.

Young phenoms Mike Soroka and Austin Riley carried the Braves to a 10-5 win over the Tigers.

Injured Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte has resumed baseball activities. He’s been sidelined since May 15th with a lumbar strain.

The Marlins put together a five-run fourth inning in a 9-3 win over the Padres.

With the MLB Draft approaching, Marlins players talked to the Miami Herald about their draft day experiences.

Around Major League Baseball

In the aftermath of the injury to a young girl who was struck by a foul ball on Wednesday in Houston, long-time advocates for extended netting plead for action rather than immediate outrage followed by silence.

Joel Sherman follows up on all of the big extensions that were signed this past offseason to see how they have worked out so far.

A family fooled by a fake Twitter account led to an awkward encounter in the Diamondbacks broadcast booth.

The fact that Ben Zobrist remains on the restricted list as he goes through a divorce from his wife may have—oddly—afforded the Cubs financial flexibility that explains their interest in Craig Kimbrel, writes Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The Brewers placed Gio Gonzalez on the injured list with a dead arm.

Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett is ramping up baseball activities and is nearing a return in a couple of weeks.

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorious is also reportedly nearing a return from the injured list.

The Giants have removed Drew Pomeranz from the rotation. He has posted an 8.08 ERA over 10 starts.

The Padres activated young catching prospect Francisco Mejia from the injured list, but optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue

Steve Sypa brought us the Daily Farm Report.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 1994, the Mets drafted Paul Wilson with the first overall pick in the draft. It didn’t work out so well.