The New York Mets 2019 season, which was already on life support heading into this road trip and tonight’s game, officially flat lined after a truly catastrophic loss. The Mets took a 10-4 lead against the Washington Nationals into the ninth, but a trio of relievers were tagged for seven runs to turn what appeared to be a laugher into a 11-10 defeat.
The Mets fell behind by a run in the first, but they exploded for four in the fourth against Max Scherzer. Pete Alonso got things started with a single, and Michael Conforto kept the line moving with a single of his own. A Wilson Ramos double extended his hitting streak to 26 and tied the game at one, and a Brandon Nimmo sacrifice fly made it 2-1. Joe Panik followed with his first home run in orange and blue to give New York a three-run lead. Jeff McNeil added a homer in the eighth.
Jacob deGrom was far from his best and was struggling with his slider, but he pitched well enough to get a win. He tossed seven uneven but solid innings and was entrusted to begin the eighth inning. He promptly surrendered an infield hit to Anthony Rendon and a two-run home run to Juan Soto to cap off a second straight seven inning, four run performance. Seth Lugo came in to quiet the Nationals and complete the inning.
From there, the Mets erupted in the ninth, which began with a Brandon Nimmo solo home run and concluded with a Alonso two-run shot to dead center field. In the middle of it all, Trea Turner made a huge mental mistake by forgetting how many outs there were and failing to turn an easy double play with his team still within two. The Mets made him pay for the error, as McNeil picked up a two-run hit prior to Alonso’s big blast.
After their offensive explosion in the ninth, Callaway decided to rest Lugo in favor of Paul Sewald to close things out, and all hell broke loose. From there, Sewald, Luis Avilan, and Edwin Diaz combined to allow the seven runs that would sink the Mets’ ship once and for all.
Full recap to follow.
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